Irish senior boxing team named

The IABA have announced a 12-strong squad for the upcoming Prime Ministry Tournament in Ankara, Turkey.

The IABA have announced a 12-strong squad for the upcoming Prime Ministry Tournament in Ankara, Turkey.

Olympic medallists Ken Egan and Paddy Barnes and World and European champion Katie Taylor have been included in a panel which contains eleven senior champions from the recent Elite Men's and Women's National Championships.

Kilkenny middleweight Darren O'Neill will miss the Turkey trip however after picking up an injury to his right hand.

The Paulstown BC club-man, the reigning EU and Irish champion, has been replaced by European Youth champion Jason Quigley on a formidable looking Irish team.

Irish head-coach Billy Walsh believes that the Ankara meeting will play its part in their preparations for the European Senior Championships in Moscow.

"We're expecting the tournament in Turkey to be very competitive, which is exactly what we need in the count-down to the upcoming European Senior Championship in Russia.

We're very much looking forward to this tournament and getting as many bouts as possible under our belts, " said Walsh.

The European Senior Championships take place in Moscow between June 4-13.

Prime Minstry Tournament Ankara Turkey:

48Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)

51Kg: Gary Molloy (Moate)

54Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan)

57Kg: Tyrone McCullagh (Illies (GG)

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

64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne's)

69Kg: John Joe Joyce (St Michael's Athy)

75Kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)

81Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown)

91Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel)

60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray)

75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)

Team Manager: Dessie Donnelly

Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Peter Taylor

Physio: Conor McCar

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