Ireland Team for 2016 FISU World University Boxing Championships



The Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association (IATBA) are proud to announce the team of 5 student boxers which will represent Ireland at the 7th FISU World University Boxing Championships in Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 03 – 09.

The  team includes Céire Smith (51Kg, Cavan), Christina Desmond (75Kg, Fr. Horgans), Gary McKenna (60Kg, Old School), Conor Wallace (75Kg, St. Monica’s) and Kenneth Okungbowa (91Kg, Athlone).

This is the first time an Irish Team will enter the World University Championships under the aegis of the IATBA, since the association was founded in 2010. The only previous Irish representation was at the first edition of the Championships in Antalya, Turkey in 2004, where Ireland were represented by Eamon O’Kane and Cathal McMonagle.

The team will be supported by Coach Paddy Gallagher and Team Manager Paul Geoghegan, and will depart for Thailand’s second city on Friday September 30. The Championships glove off on Monday October 3rd.



Céire Smith


Céire Smith

Club: Cavan

College / University: Dublin City University

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, IATBA title. Represented Ireland at 3 World & 2 European Elite Championships. interview


Christina Desmond


Christina Desmond

Club: Fr. Horgan’s, Cork

College / University: Limerick Institute of Technology

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, IATBA title. World youth silver medal, European youth bronze medal and competed in the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 (4th Position). interview


Gary McKenna


Gary McKenna, 2016 Haringey Box Cup silver medalist

Club: Old School, Monaghan

College / University: University of Ulster, Jordanstown (graduate of Monaghan Institute)

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, IATBA title. Represented Ireland at 2014 European Union Championships.

Gary represented the IATBA at the 2016 Haringey Box Cup, coming away with a hard earned silver medal, losing out to eventual Haringey Best Boxer 2016,  Gary Cully                     (St. David’s, Naas). interview


Conor Wallace


Conor Wallace, with Coach Owen Murphy, after retaining his IATBA 75Kg championship in 2016

Club: St. Monica’s, Newry

College / University: University of Ulster, Jordanstown (graduate of Southern Regional College, Newry)

Achievements: Multiple Irish titles, 2 IATBA titles. Won Irish Intermediate title and Elite finalist in 2015/16.

Conor represented the IATBA at the 2016 Haringey Box Cup, winning a silver medal. interview


Kenneth Okungbowa


Kenneth Okungbowa, with Coach Rory Parkes, after winning the 2016 Haringey Box Cup 91KG Gold Medal.

Club: Athlone

College / University: Athlone Institute of Technology

Achievements:  IATBA title. Won Irish Intermediate title and twice Irish Elite finalist.

Kenneth represented the IATBA at the 2016 Haringey Box Cup, winning a Gold Medal, and recently won the heavyweight title at the 2016 Celtic Box Cup in Dungarvan, Waterford, for his club Athlone BC. interview

Team Coach: Paddy Gallagher (IATBA)

College / University: Maynooth University alumnus

Team Manager: Paul Geoghegan (IATBA)

College / University: NUI Galway alumnus


Team Coach Vacancy for 2016 FISU World University Boxing Championships


Student Sport Ireland, in association with the Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association, invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the role of Team Coach to the Ireland Boxing team participating at this October’s World University Boxing Championships.

2016 WUC Team Coach Job Description Boxing

2016 WUC Coach Application Form Boxing

Completed application forms should be sent to Student Sport Ireland Administrator Noel Holohan at

Deadline for applications is Friday 9th September at 12pm.

FISU Boxing World Championships: Ireland Team Manager Vacancy


Student Sport Ireland, in association with the Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association, invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the role of Team Manager to the Boxing team participating at this October’s World University Boxing Championships.

2016 WUC Team Manager Job Description Boxing

2016 WUC Team Manager Application Form Boxing

For further information, please see the “Team Official Vacancies” section on this page: 2016 World University Championships

The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Monday 25th July.



IATBA Championships 2016 Results


The IATBA Championships 2016 concluded at the National Boxing Stadium on Saturday March 19 with 49 new Irish Student Champions.

The overall standard of competition was very good, with plenty of evenly matched contests and high skill levels on show. Congratulations to all the winners, their Coaches and Clubs, and commiserations to those boxers who came up short.

The IATBA Committee would like to wish all students who entered the Championships the best of luck in their upcoming exams.

The results of the finals are available here: IATBA_Finals_Result.

Thanks to all the Referees and Judges that officiated at the Championships:

Sean Duffy, Ian McShane, Brian Wallace, Malachy Scott, Mick Gill, Brian Anderson, Jim McCole, Fergal McKenna, James T Fahy, Stephen Molloy, Dominic O’Rourke Sr. and Paul Archbold.

Special mention to Paul Williamson (Curragh BC/Leinster) for his assistance with the entries, draw and running the AIBA Computer Scoring System during these Championships.




IATBA Annual General Meeting

Notice to IATBA member institutions:

The AGM of the Irish Athletic Third-level boxing Association (IATBA) will be held at the National Boxing Stadium, 145 South Circular Road, Dublin 8, on Saturday April 16 th 2016.

All notices of motion should be forwarded to the Hon. Secretary of the IATBA, by email to, on or before Saturday April 2nd 2016.

IATBA Colleges & Universities Finals




Joseph Kelly

The finals of the IATBA Championships will be held tomorrow, Saturday 19th March, at the National Stadium, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

Weigh-ins are from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. for all Boxers. Boxing is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. There will be a €5 entrance fee on the door for spectators.

Pictured is Roy Sheehy (Waterford IT/Paulstown B.C.) and Joseph Kelly (University of Ulster, Magee/St. Canices, Dungiven B.C.)


19MAR16 IATBA Final

IATBA Championships 2016 – Finals Weekend

IATBA 2014

The 2016 IATBA Championships for College & University students will conclude on Saturday 19 March with 25 Finals to be contested  at the National Stadium, Dublin. Boxing is scheduled to start at 12 pm.

There are 6 outstanding semi-finals which will be boxed on Friday 18 March, also at the National Stadium. Boxing will begin at 8 pm sharp.

Weigh-in arrangements for both days of boxing are as follows:

Friday weigh-in (semi-finals):

Option of –

9:30 am-11 am (no allowance)
6:45 pm – 7:15 pm (1 Kg allowance for evening)

Boxers weighing in on Friday must advise in advance which weigh-in they will be attending for by Email to

Saturday weigh-in (finals):
9:30 am – 11 am (no allowance)

Boxers must present clean shaven for weigh-ins and contests, and red or orange coloured gumshield are strictly prohibited.

All contests boxed to AIBA Open Boxing Rules.

Semi-finals Bout List

Finals Bout List


Irish Third-level Boxing Championships 2016

The Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association are proud to announce details of the upcoming Irish Boxing Championships for College and University Students at the home of Irish Boxing, the National Stadium.

Venue: National Boxing Stadium, South Circular Road, Dublin 8

Dates: March 5th ,18th,19th and 20th 2016

Entry Weigh-in: Saturday March 5th 2016 at 9:30-11:00 am

All other weigh-ins 8:30-9:30 am

Draw: 11:15 a.m., Saturday March 5th 2016

Boxing: Contingent on entries, details to be announced after the competition draw.


Note: The term “Elite” refers to age classification only  and is not related to the ability or experience of the Boxer.

  1. Elite: Male and Female Competitors between the ages of 19 – 40 years old.
  2. Youth: Male and Female Competitors between the ages of 17-18 years old.

Categories for Elite Male Competitors are:

  • Beginner (0-3 bouts, registered 2015-present)
  • Novice (4-10 bouts)
  • Intermediate (11-30 bouts)
  • Senior (31+ bouts)

Note: The Beginner Category is intended for Competitors that are in boxing for no more than a year. Competitors that are in boxing for more than 1 year (Boxing Record Book registered 2014 or earlier) must compete in the Novice Category regardless of the number of bouts on their record book. This prevents Competitors with more sparring experience obtaining an unfair advantage over Beginner Boxers. All Male Competitors with 10 or less bouts must include their date of registration on the Competition entry Form.

Categories for Elite Female Competitors are:

  • Novice (0-3 bouts)
  • Intermediate (4-12 bouts)
  • Senior (13+ bouts)

Youth Male & Female Category is Open Class – recommended for experienced Boxers

Please note: Male & Female Competitors aged 18 years old on March 4th 2016 also have the option to enter an Elite Category. Competitors aged 17 years old are prohibited from entering an Elite Category.


  • Elite Beginner, Novice & Intermediate (Male & Female): 48Kg, 51Kg, 54Kg, 57Kg, 60Kg, 64Kg, 67Kg, 71Kg, 75Kg, 81Kg, 86Kg, 91Kg and 91+Kg
  • Elite Senior & Youth (Male): 49Kg, 52Kg, 56Kg, 60Kg, 64Kg, 69Kg, 75Kg, 81Kg, 91Kg and 91+Kg
  • Elite Senior & Youth (Female): 48Kg, 51Kg, 54Kg, 57Kg, 60Kg, 64Kg, 69Kg, 75Kg, 81Kg and 81+Kg

Qualifying Criteria:

  1. Competitors must be fully registered and hold a student card for the institution with which they are internally registered for the current academic year.
  2. Competitors must be pursuing a course of study that leads to an award ranked at a minimum of Level 6 on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland’s (QQI) framework of qualifications, or minimum Level 3 on the Northern Ireland National Qualifications Framework.
  3. Competitors must be members of the IABA, and members of an affiliated Boxing Club of the IABA.


  • Competitor Entry fee is €25
  • Competitors must produce their Boxing Medical Book and their valid Student Identification Card for the current academic year.
  • Entries are subject to vetting and it is a condition of entry that all competitors and officials shall have signed the IABA Waiver / Members Acknowledgement Form.

Important – Entries will only be accepted from third-level institutions’ Sports Officers / Students Services Staff, or from secretaries of recognized third-level boxing clubs. Boxers can only compete with the permission of their academic institutions’ sports officer or equivalent.

Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association (IATBA) Boxing competitions are governed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The Official in Charge of the competition will follow the AIBA Open Boxing (AOB) Competition Rules.

Each Competitor presented by his or her Club shall be fit to box. This is the responsibility of the Club.

Competitors must have one Red and one Blue Vest. Coaches must wear tracksuits and trainers at all sessions, and endeavour to set a high standard of hygiene in the corners. Females competitors must wear headguards. Competitors with  long hair must keep it contained within the headguard with a hair net or bandanna.

Boxers must present themselves clean shaven for weigh-ins and bouts, and advise details of any medication they are taking, or have taken in the preceding 4 weeks. All body piercings must be removed before attending the weigh-in. Hair clips cannot be used.

Gum Shields: Red or Orange coloured gumshields are forbidden. Any competitor entering the ring with either colour gumshield will not be allowed to box and a walkover to their opponent will be called.

Entering the Championships

Entries will be accepted from Coaches and Secretaries of Third-level Boxing Clubs, and Sports Officers of Third-level Institutions. The entry form will be emailed to the above on request by email to

The closing date for entries is Friday, March 4th 2016.

The following information is required:

  1. Name of Boxer
  2. Student Registration Number
  3. Gender of Boxer
  4. Boxer Contact Number
  5. Third-level Institution
  6. Club
  7. Club Email Address
  8. Competition Category of Entrant
  9. Date of Registration of Boxing Record Book (for Male Boxers with 10 or less bouts)
  10. Number of Bouts on Record Book
  11. Number of Wins
  12. Weight Class
  13. Other Individual Physical Contact Sport Experience (List sport, number of bouts)
  14. Titles Won (Details of any Intervarsity, Provincial or National titles won by Boxer)
  15. Coaches’ Names
  16. Coaches’ Contact Numbers
  17. Date of Birth

Affiliation to Irish Athletic Third-level Boxing Association (IATBA)

Third-level institutions entering Competitors for IATBA Championships must pay a membership fee to the IATBA for the year. Sport Officers / Club Officials are requested to contact IATBA to organize affiliation as soon as possible in order to facilitate the administration of the Championships.





I.T. Tallaght Tournament


I.T Tallaght Boxing Club are inviting third-level and club boxers to participate in their upcoming tournament on Dec 9th at the premises of their parent club, St. Mary’s Tallaght.

Interested boxers should forward the following details:

Name, Weight (Kg), No. of bouts, Club, College and Coach’s name to

This is a great opportunity for competition before the Christmas break and the Championships in the new year.

Darren Sutherland Memorial Cup

Dublin City University Boxing Club will host the inaugural Darren Sutherland Memorial Cup in “The Venue” in the DCU Student’s Union on Monday March 31. Doors open at 7.15 pm.

This event is a tribute to the late Darren Sutherland, an Irish Elite middleweight champion and Olympic Bronze medalist, boxing out of  St. Saviours BC, and a student of Sports Science in DCU.

A DCU/St. Saviours team will take on an Irish Third-level select, comprising of student boxers from other institutions. DCU boxing club were the most successful club at the recent Irish Amateur Third-level Boxing Association Championships, winning 8 gold and 3 silver medals, and will undoubtedly provide a stern challenge to the Irish third-level team. Both teams will be keen to win the cup and the very best of Irish student boxing will be showcased.

Tickets for the show are a student friendly €5 and are available to purchase in advance online. Click here . Tickets can also be bought at the door on the night.

Further information on the show is available by clicking on the event poster below.

Darren Sutherland Memorial Cup

Darren Sutherland Memorial Cup


Third-level Championships Finals 2014


The 2014 IATBA Championships conclude this Saturday March 15th at the National Stadium. There are 21 finals down for decision. DCU Boxing Club have the most finalists with 8, followed by NUIG Boxing Club with 5.

Weigh-ins for all competitors is from 9-10 am at the Stadium. Boxing will commence at 11 am sharp.

The program for the IATBA finals is available here.

The results from last weekends contests are at the links below.

Friday 7th March

Saturday 8th March

Irish Third-level Team Compete in London

The Irish Amateur Third-level Boxing Association selected a team of four boxers to compete at the Dagenham ABC home show at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club on Friday February 21st 2014. The trip came about due to an invite to compete in the East London club’s event from “Daggers” Head Coach Danny O’Sullivan. Danny is the MC for the famous Haringey International Box Cup, where an IATBA Select team competed with distinction in 2013. He was also MC for the London 2012 Olympics Boxing event.

Competing for the Irish Third-level team were UL students Fionnbarr Thompson (Moy Valley), the current IATBA Novice 64 Kg champion, and heavyweight Cathal O’Donovan (University of Limerick) in just his second contest. DCU were represented by Sean Cuddy (Arbour Hill) at 67 Kg. Cavan Institute’s Leroy Dick (Navan), 64 Kg Irish Intermediates contender, was the fourth boxer on the team. Continue reading

IATBA Team Success at Haringey International Box Cup


Alexandra Palace, North London

The Ireland Students team selected by the Irish Amateur Third-level Boxing Association (IATBA) celebrated medal success at the 6th Haringey International Box Cup held in London’s famous Alexandra Palace from June 20-23. The 10-strong IATBA team secured 1 gold and 4 silver medals at Europe’s largest open senior boxing tournament. Continue reading

IATBA V Defence Forces – Report

Wed, March 20th, 2013

A great night of boxing took place at the National Boxing Stadium, Dublin as the IATBA hosted the Defence Forces. 12 contests were up for decision, in what is hoped will be an annual match in the future. A range of experience categories were on show, from Novice right up to Elite level. Both sides were evenly matched in some keenly contested bouts, but at the end of the night, the Defence Forces shaded the tie on a 7-5 score line.  Continue reading

IATBA v Defence Forces Programme – Wed March 20th



Wed, March 20th, 2013

Start time 7pm

                       RED                                                      BLUE



1.  64KG F. Thompson     UL                                    C. Cullen

2.  81KG D. Markouski    IT Carlow                           S. Tyrell

3.  86KG E. McNutt         IT Blanchardstown             D.Quinn

4.  86KG J. McKenna      Maynooth                           J. Coughlan


5.  57KG M. Kirwan        UL                                      A. Dowling

6.  64KG L. Boyd             LyIT                                 A. Monahan

7.  69KG D. Lewis           UL                                      C. Rafferty

8.  71KG J. Griffin           NUI Maynooth                     J. Joyce

9.  71KG B. Walsh           DIT                                    T. Fay

10.75KG A. Begley         IT Tallaght                         I. Joyce


11. 69KG S. Ferry           UL                                      R. Carty

12. 69KG M. Bustard     Trinity                                 B. Brosnan

13. 71KG M. Wall          DIT                                     D. Roche

14. 75KG J. Tighe          IT Sligo                                M. Fitzpatrick


IATBA v Defence Forces


An IATBA selection will take on a Defence Forces selection at The National Stadium on Wed 20th March at 7 pm. Admission for the show will be just €5. It would be great to have as much support as possible for the IATBA team and for this match, which we would like to see become a regular and anticipated event.

Boxers selected for the the IATBA team will be contacted directly. Updates will be posted on our website when available. The tournament  with the Defence Forces will influence the selection of boxers for future student boxing international matches.