Ireland at the World Amateur Boxing Championship

Ireland has a pretty poor record in the World Championships when compared to European Championships or even the Olympics (16 medals won).

Between 1974 (the first world championships) and 2008, Ireland had won only 5 medals. They’ve now won 8 in the last 5 events. Quite a turnaround for Irish boxing.

John Joe Nevin Worlds 2011

John Joe Nevin won bronze in 2011, the first man to have two world medals

The full list of Irish medalists at the Men’s World Amateur Boxing Championship;

Year Weight Name Medal
1982 Light Middle 71kg Tom Corr Bronze
1989 Light Welter 63.5kg Michael Carruth Bronze
1993 Fly 51kg Damaen Kelly Bronze
1995 Light Heavy 81kg Stephen Kirk Bronze
2001 Welter 67kg James Moore Bronze
2009 Bantam 54kg John Joe Nevin Bronze
2011 Bantam 54kg John Joe Nevin Bronze
2013 Middle 75kg Jason Quigley Silver
2013 Light heavy 81kg Joe Ward Bronze
2015 Light heavy 81kg Joe Ward Silver
2015 Bantam 56kg Michael Conlan GOLD
2015 Middle 75kg Michael O’Reilly Bronze
2017 Light heavy 81kg Joe Ward Silver

Joe Ward is the most decorated Irish man at this level with medals in all 3 Championships he’s fought at (2013, 2015, 2017) reaching the final in 2015 & 2017

Conlan joined Nevin (2012 silver) and Carruth (1992 gold) as the only Irish men to win medals in the World Championship and Olympic Games. At the 18th time of trying, Ireland had its first ever world champion in 2015.

Nevin and Conlan has also medalled in the European Championships. Fighting for NI, Conlan can add his 2014 Commonwealth gold to complete his set too.

Damaen Kelly, Jason Quigley and Joe Ward are the boxers to have won medals in European and World Championships, but not the Olympics.

Of course in women’s boxing there have been 5 gold medals won by Katie Taylor, all at Light weight (60kg) in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. She added Bronze in 2016 and Kellie Harrington won silver at light welterweight (64kg) at that championship too.

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Ireland at the European Amateur Boxing Championships

[Updated June 2017]

In 2017 Ireland added 3 medals to bring the total medals won in the Senior Men’s European Amateur Boxing Championships to 52. Here’s the full list of medals won;

YEAR CATEGORY WEIGHT BOXER MEDAL
1939 Fly 50.8kg James Ingle Gold
1939 Feather 57.1kg Patrick Dowdall Gold
1939 Welter 66.7kg Charles Evenden Bronze
1947 Heavy 81+kg Gerry O’Colman Gold
1947 Feather 57kg Peter Maguire Silver
1949 Light 61.2kg Michael McCullagh Gold
1949 Feather 57.1kg David O’Connell Bronze
1951 Bantam 54kg William Kelly Silver
1951 Light 60kg David O’Connell Bronze
1951 Light Welter 63.5kg Terrence Milligan Bronze
1953 Light Welter 63.5kg Terrence Milligan Silver
1953 Bantam 54kg John McNally Bronze
1957 Welter 67kg Fred Tiedt Bronze
1959 Fly 51kg Adam McClean Bronze
1959 Middle 75kg Colm McCoy Bronze
1959 Welter 67kg Harry Perry Bronze
1965 Light 60kg Jim McCourt Bronze
1969 Bantam 54kg Mick Dowling Bronze
1971 Feather 57kg Brendan McCarthy Bronze
1971 Bantam 54kg Mick Dowling Bronze
1971 Fly 51kg Neil McLaughlin Bronze
1977 Light Fly 48kg Philip Sutcliffe Bronze
1979 Bantam 54kg Philip Sutcliffe Bronze
1981 Light Fly 48kg Gerard Hawkins Bronze
1983 Welter 67kg Kieran Joyce Bronze
1985 Fly 51kg Sean Casey Bronze
1991 Feather 57kg Paul Griffin Gold
1993 Feather 57kg Paul Griffin Bronze
1996 Fly 51kg Damaen Kelly Bronze
1998 Middle 75kg Brian Magee Silver
2004 Middle 75kg Andy Lee Bronze
2006 Light Heavy 75kg Ken Egan Bronze
2008 Middle 75kg Eamon O’Kane Bronze
2008 Light Welter 64kg John Joe Joyce Bronze
2008 Light 60kg Ross Hickey Bronze
2010 Light Fly 48kg Paddy Barnes Gold
2010 Middle 75kg Darren O’Neill Silver
2010 Light 60kg Eric Donovan Bronze
2010 Light Heavy 81kg Ken Egan Bronze
2010 Feather 57kg Tyrone McCullough Bronze
2011 Light Heavy 81kg Joe Ward Gold
2011 Light Welter 64kg Ray Moylette Gold
2013 Light Fly 49kg Paddy Barnes Silver
2013 Bantam 56kg John Joe Nevin Gold
2013 Middle 75kg Jason Quigley Gold
2013 Fly 52kg Michael Conlon Silver
2015 Bantam 56kg Michael Conlon Gold
2015 Light Heavy 81kg Joe Ward Gold
2015 Light welter 64kg Dean Walshe Bronze
2017 Fly 52kg Brendan Irvine Bronze
2017 Bantam 56kg Kurt Walker Bronze
2017 Light heavy 81kg joe Ward Gold

The 11 European champions so far;

YEAR CATEGORY WEIGHT BOXER MEDAL
1939 Fly 50.8kg James Ingle Gold
1939 Feather 57.1kg Patrick Dowdall Gold
1947 Heavy 81+kg Gerry O’Colman Gold
1949 Light 61.2kg Michael McCullagh Gold
1991 Feather 57kg Paul Griffin Gold
2010 Light Fly 48kg Paddy Barnes Gold
2011 and 2015 and 2017 Light Heavy 81kg Joe Ward Gold
2011 Light Welter 64kg Ray Moylette Gold
2013 Bantam 56kg John Joe Nevin Gold
2013 Middle 75kg Jason Quigley Gold
2015 Bantam 56kg Michael Conlon Gold

8 boxers have won 2 medals at the Europeans with Joe Ward being the only man to win 3 medals, and all three saw him with gold and European champion

  • Joe Ward (2011/2015/2017 -all gold)
  • David O’Connell (1949/1951 both bronze)
  • Terence Milligan (1951 bronze, 1953 silver)
  • Mick Dowling (1969/1971 both bronze)
  • Phil Sutcliffe (1977/1979 both bronze)
  • Paul Griffin (1991 gold, 1993 bronze)
  • Ken Egan (2006/2010 both bronze)
  • Paddy Barnes (2010 gold, 2013 silver)
  • Michael Conlon (2013 silver, 2015 gold)

John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan are the only male Irish boxers to win medals at European, World and Olympic levels.

The following have won European and Olympic medals;

  • John McNally (1952 Olympic silver, 1953 European bronze)
  • Fred Tiedt (1956 Olympic silver, 1957 European bronze)
  • Jim McCourt (1964 Olympic bronze, 1965 European bronze)
  • Ken Egan (2006 European bronze, 2008 Olympic silver, 2010 European bronze)
  • Paddy Barnes (2008 Olympic bronze, 2010 European gold, 2012 Olympic bronze, 2013 European silver)
  • Michael Conlon (2013 Olympic bronze, 2013 European silver, 2015 European gold)

Only 2 have won medals at European and world level but not in the Olympics

  • Damean Kelly (1993 world bronze, 1996 European bronze)
  • Joe Ward (2011 European gold, 2013 world bronze, 2015 European gold, 2017 European gold)

Michael Carruth is the only other boxer to win medals at World and Olympic levels (1989 World bronze, 1992 Olympic gold) but never won a medal at the Europeans.