Emmet Brennan





81kg (Light heavyweight)


Glasnevin, Dublin


Emmet is a two-time Irish champion (once at 75kg, once at 81kg) who gave up boxing at one point, then quit his job and took out a Credit Union loan to pursue his Olympic dream. In March 2019 he needed a top six finish at the Olympic Qualifiers in London to qualify and, after winning his first bout, the tournament was postponed because of Covid-19. At the final Olympic qualifier in Paris (June 2021) he was a beaten quarterfinalist but then came through a bruising box-off against Sweden’s Liridon Nuha to clinch his spot in Tokyo.


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The IABA team to contest the First Olympic World Qualifer in Busto Arsizio, Italy, has been named. The 8 strong team will contest the tournament at all Olympic weights available, following the qualification for Paris 2024 of reigning lightweight champion Kellie Harrington, Tokyo Olympians Aoife O'Rourke and Michaela Walsh, and Jack Marley and Dean Clancy. [...]

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