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


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.

IATBA Finals Weekend

IATBA FinalsThe 2013 IATBA Intervarsity opens have been the biggest yet, with over 100 entries from student boxers from all over Ireland. The boxers on show range from novice right through to national  champions.
The IATBA opens will conclude this weekend at the  National Stadium with 18 finals down for decision on Sunday. Semi-finals will be held on Saturday, with the weigh-in from 10.30 am to 11.30 am, and boxing commencing at 12 pm.
Weigh-in for Sunday’s Finals will take place between 8 am – 9 am with the boxing commencing at 10 am.

The full draw for the two days of boxing is available to download below

Contest List.

The order of the program is subject to change. Best of luck to all of the competitors!

IATBA Intervarsity Opens Semi-Finals


2013 IATBA Intervarsity Open

2013 IATBA Intervarsity Open

The IATBA Intervarsity Opens conclude next weekend with the semis and finals at the National stadium. Weigh-in on Saturday will be from 10.30-1130 am. Boxing to start at 12 pm. There will be a €5 cover charge  for entry to stadium on both days. Boxers must make weight category they have entered each day. Weigh-in on Sunday from  0800-0900 am. Boxing to commence afterwards.

Saturday March 2nd Contests – Provisional

Red                                                                                              Blue


1. 64 Kg S/F Terry Keegan (DCU)                                       Faheem Noonan (GMIT)

2. 64 Kg SF Sean Cuddy (DCU)                                        Fionnbarr Thompson (UL)

3. 67 Kg S/F Jack Higgins (NUIG)                                             Kieran Farrell (NUIG)

4. 67 Kg S/F Brian Fitzsimons (ITB)                                          Louis Cronin (UCC)

5. 71 Kg S/F Robert Egan (DCU)            Eoin Raftery (DCU)/Daniel Fulham (ITT, D)

6. 71 Kg S/F Jack Ebbs (ITT, D)/Samir Parker (GMIT)  Keith Neary (LyIT)/Adam Bruton (DIT)

7. 75 Kg S/F Kayode Ayidne (ITTD)                                 Kyle Preston Kelly (UL)

8. 81 Kg S/F Edwin Whelan (ITT, D)                                      Shane Trimble (DIT)

9. 81 kg S/F Jamie O Keefe (UCC)                                    Conor Keane (IT Tralee)

10. 91 Kg S/F David Lynam (NUIG) W/O

11. 91+ Kg S/F Jack Kennedy (GMIT)                                Ryan Dempsey (GMIT)

12. 91+ Kg S/F Kenneth Kelleher (UCC)                      Ceginkas Egiditus (IT Tralee)


13. 71Kg S/F Gavin Butler (LIT)                                              Jamie Griffin (NUIM)

14. 71 Kg S/F Bryan Walsh (DIT)                                             David Lewis (UL)


15. 69Kg S/F Sheosamh Ferry (UL)                                        Craig McCarthy (WIT)

16. 69Kg S/F Michael Bustard (Trinity)                                    Conor Duffy (DCU)

IATBA Intervarsity Opens 2013 – 1st Weekend Results


James Kennedy (NUIG) v Eddie Whelan (ITT, D) Referee: Martin O’Neill

The 2013 IATBA Intervarsity Opens began last weekend at the home of Irish Boxing, The National Stadium. 102 student boxers from 21 colleges and universities weighed-in for the event. DCU, Inchicore CFE, Belfast Metropolitan College and Trinity College were competing for the first time in an IATBA event.

The DCU boxing team secured 6 wins from 8 bouts in the first weekend, with IT Tallaght taking 5 wins. The University of Limerick had a 100% record, winning all 5 of their bouts.

Results Saturday Feb 23, 2013

1. Novice 64 Kg Fionnbarr Thompson (UL) beat Stephen Murray (DCU) (Unan.)

2. Novice 64 Kg Tony McSweeney (UCC) lost to Alhassan Shaar (ITT, D) (Unan.)

3. Senior 69 Kg Paul Sweeney (GMIT) lost to Cian D’arcy (IT Tralee) (Unan.)

4. Novice 67 Kg Jack Higgins (NUIG) beat David Galvin (UCC) (Unan.)

5. Senior 69 Kg Diego Capucci (ICFE) lost to Michael Bustard (Trinity) (Maj.)

6. Novice 67 Kg Jack Haverty (UCC) lost to Kieran Farrell (NUIG) (Unan.)

7. Novice 75 Kg Paul Sweeney (GMIT) lost to Thomas Farrelly (Unan.)

8. Novice 75 Kg Kayode Ayidne (ITT, D) beat Derek Walsh (ITT, D) (unan.)

9. Novice 75 Kg Kyle Preston Kelly (UL) beat Alan Murphy (IT Carlow) (Unan.)

10. Novice 81 Kg James Kennedy (NUIG) lost to Edwin Whelan (ITT, D) (Maj.)

11. Novice 81 Kg Shane Trimble (DIT) beat Hugh O’Connor (Cork IT) (RSC 2)

12. Novice 81 Kg Ayotunle Bakare (GMIT) lost to Jamie O’Keefe (UCC) (Unan.)

13. Novice 81 Kg Conor Keane (IT Tralee) beat Thomas Ruane (GMIT) (Unan.)

14. Intermediate 71 Kg Oisin Morgan (DCU) lost to Bryan Walsh (DIT) (Unan.)

15. Intermediate 71 Kg David Lewis (UL) beat John Coyle (GMIT) (Unan.)

16. F Senior 60 Kg Deirdre Begley (UCC) beat Shauna Ward (NUIG) (Unan.)

17. F Senior 54 Kg Lily de la Cour (UCC) beat Jade Corcoran (ICFE) (Unan.)

Results – Sun Feb 24, 2013

1. Novice 91 Kg Taiwo Tibetan (GMIT) lost to Manus McHugh (LYIT) (Maj.)

2. Novice 71 Kg Austin Kenny (ITT, D) lost to Keith Neary (LYIT) (Unan.)

3. Novice 60 Kg John Quigley (DCU) beat John Evans (NUIG) (Unan.)

4. Novice 64 Kg Terry Keegan (DCU) beat Fionn Bowles (Cork IT) (RSC2)

5. Novice 64 Kg Liam Brennan (GMIT) lost to Faheem Noonan (GMIT) (Maj.)

6. Novice 64 Kg Parnell Watters (NUIG) lost to Séan Cuddy (DCU) (RSC3)

7. Novice 64 Kg Fionnbarr Thompson (UL) beat Alhassan Shaar (ITT, D) (Unan.)

8. Novice 71 Kg Eoin Raftery (ITT, D) beat Robinson Mondonedo (Cork IT) (Unan.)

9. Novice 75 Kg Chris McCarthy (UCC) beat Thomas Farrelly (IT Carlow) (Unan.)

10. Novice 71 Kg Samir Parker (GMIT) beat Eoin Stack (UCC) (Unan.)

11. Senior 69 Kg Daragh Finn (LIT Tipp) lost to Sheosamh Ferry (UL) (Maj.)

12. Senior 69 Kg Craig McCarthy (WIT) W/O

13. Senior 69 Kg Conor Duffy (DCU) beat Cian D’Arcy (IT Tralee) (RSCI 1)

14. Novice 71 Kg Daniel Fulham (ITT, D) beat Aaron O’Byrne (ITT, D) (RSCI3)

15. Novice 71 Kg Jack Ebbs (ITT, D) beat Daniel Winston (ITT, D) (Unan.)

16. Novice 71 Kg Adam Bruton (DIT) W/O

17. Novice 71 Kg Conor Egan (DIT) lost to Robert Egan (DCU) (RSC 3)

IATBA Opens 2013 – Reminder



National Third-Level Open Intervarsity for Novice, Intermediate and Senior boxers.


Novice Boxer:          0-5 bouts

Intermediate Boxer: 6-15 bouts

Senior Boxer:          15+ bouts


Novice Boxer:          0-3 bouts

Intermediate Boxer: 4-10 bouts

Senior Boxer:           11+ bouts

The IATBA are the only boxing body recognized by CUSAI at third-level in Ireland. These competitions are open to current students in all CUSAI member institutions.
Dates:         Sat 23rd, Sun 24th Feb & Fri 1st, Sat 2nd March 2013

Venue:       National Boxing Stadium, South Circular Road, Dublin

First Weigh-in:   Saturday 23rd 11:30 am-12:30 pm (All boxers must weigh-in each day they box). All weigh-ins take place in the Ringside Club adjoining the National Stadium.

  • Boxers must produce their boxing book/card at the initial weigh-in
  • Boxers must produce their current valid student card
  • Boxers must present clean-shaven at the weigh-in

All entries must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2013

Entry Fee:  €10/boxer

Colleges can pre-enter boxers at their expected weights. Any late entries will incur an increased entry fee of €15. The tournament entry form is available to download (click here). Club secretaries or individual boxers are to email entry forms to their Institution’s Sports Officer (or equivalent), to then be forwarded to Contact information for CUSAI member Sports Officers is available here.

It is the responsibility of each competing institution’s Sports Officer to ensure that each boxer entered meets the following eligibility guidelines:

1. Institutions entering boxers in IATBA organized competitions must be affiliated to the Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland (CUSAI) and to the IATBA for the current academic year.

2.  A student must be fully registered and hold a student card for the institution with which they are internally registered for the current academic year. Students must be pursuing a course of study that leads to an award ranked at a minimum of Level 6 on the National Qualification Authority of Ireland framework, or the equivalent Level 4 on the Northern Ireland National Qualifications Framework, or Level C on the Northern Ireland FHEQ.

3. Boxers must be over 17 years of age and under 35 years of age.

The draw will take place following the weigh-in and boxing will commence at the time specified at the weigh-in. Times for boxing on Saturday and Sunday will be made known to the competitors following the draw. Food will be available at a reasonable price in the Ringside Club canteen at the Stadium, throughout the competition.

Attention is drawn to the change in weigh-in time on the first day from the time previously mentioned in the circular on our website. First weigh-in will now be on Saturday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm (to accommodate boxers travelling up long distances on the day). All other details will be dependent on numbers entering.

Weights for all female boxers – 52KG, 54KG, 57KG, 60KG, 63KG, 66KG, 70KG, 75KG, 81KG, 81+KG

Weights for Novice & Intermediate Boxers will be – 48KG, 51KG, 54KG, 57KG, 60KG, 64KG, 67KG, 71KG, 75KG, 81KG, 86KG, 91KG, 91+KG.

Weights for Senior Boxers will be – 49KG, 52KG, 56KG, 60KG, 64KG, 69KG, 75KG, 81KG, 91KG, 91+KG.

Membership Fee: €50 payable to the IATBA at the first weigh-in, for any college who has not paid for 2012/13 (i.e. those institutions not listed here:

IATBA Intervarsity Open 2013 – Entries Open

The Irish Amateur Third-level Boxing Association will be hosting the 2013 IATBA Intervarsity Open at the National Boxing Stadium, over the weekends of February 23rd, 24th  & March 1st, 2nd.  The tournament is open to male and female college and university student boxers from Novice up to Senior standard.

All college clubs/boxers wishing to enter should complete the competition entry form. Then email their entry form to their institution’s Head of Sport (Sports Officer), who should then forward the entries to

Entries must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, 20th February. The entry form is available to download.

An €10 entry fee per boxer applies. A cover charge for all spectators of €5 per day will also be in operation.

Colleges must also return a completed IATBA Member Institutions form. Colleges which have not yet paid their €50/£40 IATBA affiliation fee for the year must do so at the initial weigh-in.

All queries in relation to the Boxing Intervarsity can be forwarded to the IATBA, via email at, or by direct message to our Facebook page,

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IATBA Invitational Tournament

IATBA_BoxingThe Irish Amateur Third-level Boxing Association will be hosting an invitational tournament on Saturday, December 15th in the Ringside Club at the National Boxing Stadium, Dublin. This tournament would suit all boxers looking to gain competitive experience as Novice boxers before the IATBA Championships in Feb/Mar 2013. The tournament is open to male and female student boxers from Novice up to Senior standard. Boxers will be matched on weight and experience.

All boxers wishing to enter should complete the  competition entry form (click here). The college club email their boxers’ entry forms to their institution’s Head of Sport (Sports Officer), who should then forward the entries to In colleges where there is no active club, boxers email their entry form directly to the Sports Officer. For this tournament, and all successive tournaments, IATBA will only accept entries from third-level Sports Officers.

A €5 entry fee per boxer applies. A cover charge for all spectators of €5 will also be in operation.

A check weigh-in will take place on the day to ensure no mismatches have occurred in terms of the weights of the boxers involved. A provisional start time of 1pm is envisaged with the check weigh-in taking place in the preceding hour. This start time is subject to change, depending on entries received. Entries must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 12th December, 2012.


All boxers will be charged a €5 entry fee; payable at the scales. Boxers will be asked to show their student I.D card before weighing in.

All boxers must have an IABA boxing record book.

All Boxers must provide their own AIBA STANDARD & STAMPED head guard. Gloves will be provided.

No red/orange gum shields allowed.

Colleges are encouraged to wear their club colours if they have them, and to bring red and blue strips in case of a clash of colours.

Colleges must also return a completed IATBA Member Institutions form (click here), if they have not done so already, before entering boxers for this tournament.

5th World University Boxing Championships

Baku, Azerbaijan,  13 -18 November 2012

The 5th World University Boxing Championships took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 13-18 November. The event featured 51 male boxers from 9 different nations. The hosts Azerbaijan emerged with the most gold medals, five in total, followed by Russia, with three. Full reports on these championships are available here.

The 6th World University Boxing Championships will be held in Colorado Springs, USA in 2014.

Irish Amateur Third Level Boxing Association Championships 2012 – Full Results

Friday Feb 10, 2012 



60KG Liam Brennan GMIT/Galway B.C     3-11          Michael Thomas DIT

60KG Niall Barrett DIT                          10-3         Jordan Lynch IT Tallaght

67KG Ciaran Finnegan UCC                  10-5         Brian Fitzsimons IT B/town

71KG Conor Egan DIT                            1-10         Jamie Griffin NUI Maynooth

71KG Michael Murphy NUI Galway        12-4           Conor Keane IT Tralee

71KG Thomas Farrelly Carlow IT      won RSC2       Aaron Maguire UCC

75KG Jamie O’Keeffe UCC                       2-5            Richard Quinn IT Tallaght

75KG Daniel Breen IT Tralee                   3-5             Cian Dennehy Cork IT

75KG Joshua Aribasoye IT Tralee            1-8              Adam Bruton DIT

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The main boxing event of the third level boxing calendar was held in the National Boxing Stadium, Dublin on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, 2012. The IATBA held their National Championships in the home of Irish boxing. The best student boxers from around the country assembled representing their third level institutions. Continue reading