Boxing News: AIBA reject Ireland’s request to replace John Joe Nevin at World Championships.
The AIBA has rejected a late request from the IABA to include Gary McKenna in Team Ireland for the forthcoming 2013 AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan (October 11th/27th).
Entries officially closed on September 1st at which time it was not known that John Joe Nevin planned to turn pro before the World’s. Earlier this week the IABA announced the inclusion of Gary McKenna in the team subject to AIBA approval but this has not been granted. So Ireland will not have a bantamweight representative.
Irish squad – 2013 AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships Almaty, Kazakhstan October 11th/27th:
49kg – Light-flyweight – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
52kg – Flyweight – Michael Conlan (St John Bosco BC, Belfast)
60kg – Lightweight – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity BC, Belfast)
64kg – Light-welterweight – Ray Moylette (St Anne’s BC, Mayo)
69kg – Welterweight – Adam Nolan (Bray BC, Co, Wicklow)
75kg – Middleweight – Jason Quigley (Finn Valley BC, Donegal)
81kg – Light –heavyweight – Joe Ward (Moate BC, Co. Westmeath)
91kg – Heavyweight – Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast)
91kg+ – Super-heavyweight – Con Sheehan (Clonmel BC, Tipperary)
The tournament officially opens in Almaty on October 11th. Boxing begins on October 13th.
London 2012 medalists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan and fellow 2012 Olympian , Bray’s Adam Nolan will wear the Irish light-fly, fly and welterweight vests in Almaty, while current European Elite champion Jason Quigley is Ireland’s middleweight choice.
Joe Ward and Ray Moylette, gold medalists at the 2008 and 2010 AIBA World Youth Championships in Mexico and Azerbaijan and 2011 European Elite Championships in Turkey, line out at light-heavyweight and light-welterweight.
Current Irish Elite champion Sean McComb carries our lightweight hopes and 2008 AIBA World Youth bronze medalists Tommy McCarthy and former EU champion Con Sheehan trade leather at heavyweight and super-heavy.
Ireland, who trained with the Kazakh national team in Kazakhstan in April, fly out to Kazakhstan for a training with the host nation on Sunday and Irish head coach Billy Walsh, speaking at today’s press conference at Dublin’s National Stadium, is looking ahead to fine tuning their preparations in Central Asia.
“The squad have had a number of very good training camps, including one in Kazakhstan, this year. We’ll finish off our preparations in Kazakhstan when we arrive there next week, he said.
“The World Championships is always the toughest tournament, tougher than the Olympic Games or the European Championships. If the team perform to their full potential they’re very capable of doing well.
“They proved themselves at the European Championships in Belarus this summer. They took home two gold and two silver. If we’d had more luck with injuries we would probably have taken home more medals.
“It’s all about performance. Our squad are well capable of competing against the top nations as they have consistently proven.”
Tommy Murphy, President of the IABA, is quietly confident.
“It is going to be tough for our lads, but they have proved themselves at this level in the past and I have no doubt they will do so again, he said.
“They will be coming up against the very best in what will be an extremely competitive tournament.
“The Russians, the Cubans and the Americans will be there along with our lads and the best from all the Continents.
“Our coaches and staff have prepared the squad very well as have our clubs and I would be quietly confident that they will prove themselves at this level again next month.”
AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships facts:
Bouts to be contested over three, three minute rounds (one minute rest between rounds). Scored to the AIBA 10-point must system.
Five ringside judges will mark the fight. Only three of the judges’ scores will be taking into account at the end of the fight.
None of the five judges will know before or during the fight which scores will be used.
The Championships will be contested across ten weight categories from light-flyweight to super-heavyweight.
Head guards will not be worn, as per AIBA rule change earlier this year, at the Championships.