Team Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes who was named as flagbearer for Team Ireland for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games during a press conference to celebrate 100 Days out from the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

He described it as just as good as winning an Olympic medal, which may be a slight exaggeration, although Paddy Barnes was clearly chuffed at being na(...)

Katie Taylor fighting with Russia’s Sofya Ochigava during the women’s lightweight final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images.

In more a case of being intelligent about how to improve over the next four weeks than a crisis of confidence, Katie Taylor has requested that Russia’(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in action against Daniel Asenov of Bulgaria in the Olympic qualifying event. Photo: Inpho

Though back to winning ways Katie Taylor will nonetheless be stung by her defeat at the Rio Olympic qualifying event in Turkey. Her win over Svetland (...)

David Oliver Joyce has qualified for thr Rio Olympics. Photograph: Inpho

David Oliver Joyce has become the sixth Irish boxer to book his place at the Rio Olympics after he beat home favourite Volkan Gockek on points in Turk(...)

Katie Taylor returned to winning ways against Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Katie Taylor returned to winning ways with a unanimous points decision over Bulgaria’s Svetlana Staneva in Turkey. The result means Taylor has secure(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine celebrates after winning his box-off against Bulgaria’s   Daniel Asenov in Turkey and qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph:  Ilyas Gun/Inpho

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine has qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a unanimous decision win over Bulgaria’s Daniel Asenov at the Eur(...)

Katie Taylor reacts as Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan celebrates victory in their European Olympics qualifier semi-final in Samsun, Turkey. Photograph: Ilyas Gun/Anadolu Agency

It’s is not the end of the road to Rio for Katie Taylor, with another qualifying event available in the world championships next month. But her defeat(...)

Katie Taylor suffered her first defeat since 2011, losing to Yana Aleeksvna the European Olympics qualifier semi-finals. Photograph: Getty

Katie Taylor has suffered her first defeat since 2011, leaving her hopes of qualification for Rio 2016 in the balance. The Olympic gold medallist w(...)

Katie Taylor is into the last four at the European Olympic Qualification tournament. Photograph: Inpho

There was disappointment for the women’s team at the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Turkey, when Cavan’s Ceire Smith and Christina Desmond, who was (...)

Darren O’Neill is into the last eight in Samsun.

Darren O’Neill and David Oliver Joyce are the latest Irish boxers to advance to the quarter-finals of the European Olympic qualifiers in Turkey, but (...)