Barnes gets a bye into final

Irish 2008 Olympian Paddy Barnes has received a bye into the 6th European Union Championships light flyweight final following this mornings draw at the Cetniewo Olympic Centre in Cetniewo, Poland.

The Holy Family ace will face either Hungary's Bedak Pal or Poland's Lukasz Maszyzyk in Saturdays 48Kg decider after just three boxers entered the 48kg division following English light flyweight Darren Langley's withdrawal because of a leg injury.

Meanwhile, Irish captain Ken Egan will meet either Argon Dzila of Switzerland or Caner Sayak of Turkey in the light heavyweight semi-final on Thursday.

Following this mornings draw, Jamie Conlon, John Joe Nevin, John Joe Joyce, and Willie McLoughlin will be involved in quarter finals bouts this Tuesday afternoon and evening.

David Oliver Joyce, Eric Donovan, Darren Sutherland and Tipperary heavyweight Con Sheehan meantime, will be in the ring on Wednesday for last eight showdowns versus Bulgaria, Germany, France and Scotland.

The Championships began with the weigh-in and draw this morning and will be followed by preliminary round bouts this afternoon and evening.

Irish 2008 Olympians, Egan, Sutherland, JJJoyce, Nevin and Barnes will be competing in Poland this week.

Egan, Sutherland and Roy Sheahan, who is out injured, claimed gold medals at the 2007 European Union Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin.

6th European Union Championships Draw

June 17 Draw (quarter-finals)

51Kg: Jamie Conlon (Ireland) v Asloun Redouane (France) (7pm)

54Kg: John Joe Nevin (Ireland) v Dennis Ceylan (Denmark) (2pm)

64Kg: John Joe Joyce (Ireland) v Gyula Kate (Hungary) (7pm)

69Kg: Willie McLoughlin (Ireland) v Mariusz Coperski (Poland) (7pm)

June 18 Draw (quarter-finals)

57Kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Valentin Stoychev (Bulgaria) (7pm)

60Kg: Eric Donovan (Ireland) v Artur Schmidt (Germany) (2pm)

75Kg: Darren Sutherland (Ireland) v Samy Anouche (France) (2pm)

91Kg: Con Sheehan (Ireland) v Stephen Simmons (Scotland) (7pm)

June 19 Draw (semi-final)

81Kg: Ken Egan (Ireland) v Argon Dzila (Switzerland) or Caner Sayak (Turkey) (2pm)

June 21 Draw (final)

48Kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Bedak Pal (Hungary) or Lukasz Maszyzyk (Poland) 2pm

(Times indicates when sessions start)

Irish squad by club and management

48Kg: (Light flyweight) Paddy Barnes (Holy Family, Belfast)

51Kg: (Flyweight) Jamie Conlon (St John Bosco, Belfast)

54Kg: (Bantamweight) John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)

57Kg: (Featherweight) David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy, Kildare)

60Kg: (Lightweight) Eric Donovan (St Michael's Athy,Kildare)

64Kg: (Light welterweight) John Joe Joyce (St Michael's Athy, Kildare)

69Kg: (Welterweight) Willie McLoughlin (Illies Golden Gloves, Donegal)

75Kg: (Middleweight) Darren Sutherland (St Saviours OBA, Dublin)

81Kg: (Light Heavyweight) Ken Egan, cpt (Neilstown, Dublin))

90Kg: (heavyweight) Con Sheehan (Clonmel, Tipperary)

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