Steven Donnelly books his place on Ireland team for 2016 Olympics

Ballymena boxer Steven Donnelly
Ballymena boxer Steven Donnelly

Ballymena’s Steven Donnelly has become the fourth Irish boxer to secure a place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Donnellyparticipation was confirmed as the December 4 deadline for nations to confirm their qualified boxers was looming large.

The Ballymena boxer had a chance to make it to Brazil by virtue of his performance in the World Series of Boxing, in which he finished fourth.

Donnelly joins Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Joe Ward in the Irish team.

Other Irish boxers, both male and female, in the remaining nine weights will look to book their flights to Brazil next year through the Olympic qualifiers in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Bulgaria