We have live updates from semi-finals day in Trabzon at the final (European) Olympic Qualifier sees Ireland’s last three boxers in action and of course one , Paddy Barnes has already qualified for London 2012.
6:04pm The Dream is over for for Tommy McCarthy, he lost 15-12. It was probably a fair result against a very strong Moldavian.
6:01pm At end of second round, McCarthy 6-8 down to the Moldovan having lost that one also 3-4.
4:16pm The Turkish fighter Ferhat Pehlivan wins the last round 6-5 and wins 21-14 overall, totally crazy scoring. Paddy Barnes is lucky he was already through. Home town decisions seem to be the flavour of the week.
4:09pm Amazing Barnes loses the second round 9pts to 5pts, he looked well in control and should not be trailing six points after two rounds. 15-9.
4:06pm Barnes has a sluggish first round against his Turkish opponent, he trails 6-4.
4:03pm Barnes starts his semi-final fight , he has already qualified so its not of huge importance but he will want to win.
Paddy Barnes will be fighting in the next five minutes.
1:41pm MUZAFFER who beat Joe Ward has reached the 81kg final winning 19-15. No comment on if he should of won or not.
1:07pm Another Irish Olympian Adam Nolan wins 19-10 against Ionut Gheorghe of Romania. 7-5 8-3 4-2 being the round by rounds scores
1pm Nolan leads 15-8 after round two
12:55pm Nolan leads 7-5 after round one.
12:52pm Adam Nolan should be fighting very soon.
Adam Nolan is the first in the ring at 12:50pm with Paddy Barnes in around 4pm & finally Tommy McCarthy finishes the day at 6pm.
So who are their opponents today? Here we take a look at the prospects for the day, courtesy of iaba.ie
“Irish 2012 Olympian Paddy Barnes, Adam Nolan and Tommy McCarthy will be back between the ropes Friday (April 20th) competing for places in the light-flyweight, welterweight and heavyweight finals at the AIBA European Olympic qualifiers in Trabzon, Turkey.
Boxing begins at 12 noon in the afternoon session and 4pm in the evening session (Irish times).
Eight Olympic places – one of which went to Paddy Barnes – have already been secured in the light-flyweight and lightweight classes.
The remaining 14 Olympic places will be distributed over the course of the semi-finals and finals. Bray BC southpaw Nolan, the current Irish Elite champion, meets Romanian National champion Ionut Gheorghe for a place at the 2012 Olympic Games in the welterweight class.
The top two boxers in the welterweight category in Trabzon qualify for the 30th Olympiad. Gheorghe is no stranger to meeting Irish pugilists in Olympic qualifying events as he met, and beat, John Joe Joyce, who Nolan beat in the 2012 Irish Elite final, at the penultimate Olympic qualifier for Europe in Pescara, Italy in 2008.
Enniscorthy-native Nolan, who works as a Garda (police officer), and Gheorghe, took part in the recent Chemistry Cup in Germany but avoided each other in the draw. Gheorghe reached the quarter-finals, while Nolan made the semi-finals to claim bronze.
Nolan is also guaranteed bronze in Trabzon. However, if he can change the colour of that medal to at least silver he will be wearing the Irish welterweight vest at London 2012.
“If I get in and do what I’m good at I’m in there with a chance. I knew that if I got a reasonable draw I was always in there with a fighting chance,” said Nolan, a team-mate of World number one Katie Taylor at the Bray BC.
Current Irish Elite champion Tommy McCarthy, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 AIBA World Youth Championships in Mexico, has to go all the way in Trabzon and win gold as there is only one Olympic quota place available for Europe in the 91kg class.
McCarthy, who boxes out of the Oliver Plunkett BC in Belfast, will trade leather with experienced Moldovan heavyweight Vladimir Cheles on Friday.
Cheles is a regular on the international senior circuit and has a CV stretching back to 2007. However, he has only recently moved up to heavyweight from light heavyweight.
Two years ago he narrowly beat Ken Egan in the last-16 of the Prime Ministry Cup in Turkey.
If McCarthy gets past Cheles he will face either Marko Calic (Croatia) or Tervel Pulev (Bulgaria) on Saturday for a place at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Paddy Barnes faces Ferhat Pehlivan in the 49kg semi-final.
Both boxers qualified for the 2012 Olympics by virtue of reaching the last-four in Trabzon as there were four Olympic berths up for grabs in the light flyweight class.
Barnes, the 2010 European champion, was actually slated to meet Pehlivan in the 2009 Ahmet Cömert Cup final in Istanbul, Turkey in 2009, but the Irish Elite champion withdrew because of injury and Pehlivan received a walkover.
The Ulsterman qualified for his second Olympic this week over four years after he booked his ticket for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he won bronze, at the 2007 AIBA World Championships in Chicago.
Barnes joins Darren O’Neill and John Joe Nevin – who was on the Irish 2008 Olympic squad along with Barnes, John Joe Joyce, Ken Egan and the late Darren Sutherland – and Michael Conlan on the Irish team for London 2012.
Conlan, O’Neill and Nevin qualified for the 2012 Olympics after reaching the quarter-finals at the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Nevin went one better and won bronze in Baku after making the semi-finals, an achievement that saw him become the first Irish male boxer to win two medals – he secured bronze at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan – at World Championship level.
Poignantly, Barnes, a gold medal winner for Northern Ireland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, dedicated his achievement in reaching his second Olympics to the memory of his former Irish team-mate and fellow 2008 Olympic medalist Darren Sutherland, who died tragically in September, 2009.
“I was always confident that I would reach the Olympic Games.There was never any doubt in my mind that I would get there; it was just a matter of getting the job done, he said.
“It was special too that it happened on the day of what would have been Darren Sutherland’s 30th birthday, and I am proud to dedicate this victory and achievement to him.
“Darren and I were close friends and I miss him still. He is always with the Irish team.”
April 20th (Semi-finals)
49kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Ferhat Pehlivan (Turkey)
69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) v Ionut Gheorghe (Romania)
91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) v Vladimir Cheles (Moldova)
Throughout the day, SportsNewsIreland will be bringing you updates and news of the Irish in action in Turkey.