Brendan Irvine is a man on a European mission

Ireland's Brendan Irvine
Ireland's Brendan Irvine

Brendan Irvine is looking to make an impression at the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan next month.

The St Paul’s fighter takes the place of Paddy Barnes who has already qualfied for the Olympics in Rio in 2016 but Irvine will still be part of a strong Irish team.

Michael Conlan, David Oliver Joyce and Joe Ward are also absent from the list but rising stars like Irvine and Kurt Walker have been given their chance, along with 2012 Olympians Adam Nolan and Darren O’Neill.

Irvine fights at light-flyweight and he is looking to make an impression.

“It’s like a mini Olympics, so I am going there to enjoy the experience, but I want to do well and the aim is to qualify for the World Championships.

“It it will be tough but I will take it one fight at a time and see what happens when we get there,” he added.

TEAM IRELAND –Men’s Boxing: Brendan Irvine (light fly)Myles Casey (fly),Dean Gardiner (super heavy), Sean McComb (light), Adam Nolan (welter), Darren O’Neill (heavy), Michael O’Reilly (middle), Kurt Walker (bantam), Dean Walsh (light welter).

Womens Boxing: Katie Taylor, Michaela Walsh, Ceire Smith.