The 2017 AIBA World Championships open in Hamburg on Friday with much of the news in recent weeks being made outside the ring which has seen a fierce ongoing battle rage between different factions of the AIBA, namely those supporting President CK Wu and his supporters who are ‘at war’ with the rival IMC group which includes EUBC President Franco Falcinelli and AIBA Vice President Terry Smith.
Their battles have been raging in the Swiss Courts and in the international Media with organisations such as the highly respected “Inside the Games” suggesting that the IMC already enjoyed the support of some 81 nations which – if indeed is accurate – would put them in a strong position to take over the winning of the AIBA at November’s Annual General Meeting in Dubai.
There have also been rumours in the International press regarding the current financial position of the AIBA, so all in all NOT a happy situation with most of the rival factions heading for the Sporthalle Hamburg to try and gain additional last minute support for their cause.
Let us though concentrate for now on the actual 19th Edition of the championships – this update on the Irish team from IABA PRO, Bernard O’Neill:
“Team Ireland are staying sharp ahead of the opening bell for the 19th World Elite Championships in Hamburg, Germany, according to IABA High-Performance Director Bernard Dunne.
Ireland’s five strong squad arrived in Hamburg Tuesday ahead of the 85-nation competition.
“We’re keeping sharp and monitoring weight. The hard work is already done,” said Bernard Dunne, the Irish team manager in Germany.
Boxing begins on Friday at the flagship tournament of international boxing and the biggest tournament since Rio 2016.
Joe Ward, the Irish captain in Hamburg, is aiming for his third successive World medal.
Kurt Walker and Sean McComb could be in action Friday as the bantamweights and light-welterweights are in action on Day 1.
Meantime, this is the third occasion that Germany has hosted the World Championships which has been running since Havana 1974.
In 1982, Tommy Corr claimed bronze in Munich, Ireland’s first medal at this level.
Ireland also competed at the 1995 Worlds in Berlin where Cuba’s Juan Hernandez-Sierra, who was beaten by Michael Carruth in the 1992 Olympic final, claimed his third successive World gold.
Hernandez-Cruz, with four gold and one bronze, is the second most successful boxer at this level behind his compatriot Felix Savon who has claimed six gold and one bronze.
All boxers – except for the 10 hosts places and 10 wild cards – qualified for Hamburg from the five Continental Championships.
Irish Squad: World Elite Men’s Championships Hamburg, Germany August 25th/September 2nd
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
64kg Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
81kg Joe Ward (Moate) (Captain)
91+kg Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)
Team Manager/High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan and Dmitry Dimitruc
Doctor: Jim Clover
Physio: Seamus Caffrey
Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton
R&J: Ben McGarrigle”
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