Five Irish boxers enter the ring in Baku today knowing that a win will guarantee them a place in the London 2012 Olympic – a sixth, Clonmel’s Super HeavyWeight Con Sheehan needs two wins to achieve his goal.
Tuesday proved a day of contrasting fortunes for the Irish fighters. Paddy Barnes, the Holy Family BC flyweight from Belfast lost 12-20 to Mark Barriga of the Phillipines. Whilst that has come as a surprise to many followers of the sport in Ireland, it must be remembered that Barnes has seen no ring action in 2011 until now. As he said himself, in his usual honest style later:
“”Maybe it’s because it was my first fight this year and it’s been a long wait out here,”
“I was just too eager to get in there, throwing too many punches. Many of them were falling short and the guy was countering me. I hurt him with a few body shots but, to be brutally honest, I just boxed crap and that was it.”
Meantime Olympic Silver medallist, Kenny Egan made his Championship debut as a heavyweight. The Neilstown fighter went down to Cuban, Jose Gomez Larduet with the fight being stopped in Round Three when the Cuban was 23-11 ahead.
Egan will benefit from this fight and of course there is one more Olympic Qualifier to come in 2012 before the London Games.
As Egan said after the fight :“He boxed well. He caught me with some great shots.
“There was nothing I could do, I gave it everything I had. I know I’m good enough to be up at this weight. It’s all a work in progress. It’s not over until the fat lady sings.”
In today’s last 16 bouts, John Joe Nevin from Cavan meets Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu , the man from Mongolia. Nevin has had an excellent Championships so far yesterday scoring a convincing 21-14 victory against India’s national champion,Akhil Kumar.
David Oliver Joyce, the St Michael’s Athy boxer won 26-13 yesterday over Mohammad Khaiber of Afghanistan and his reward in the 60kg weight classification is a bout against another Indian, Jai Bhagwan.
Moate’s Joe Ward, at 17 is one of the youngest boxers in these championships and having had an emphatic 22-4 decision over Tajikistan’s Dilovarsho Abdurakhmanov in the last round will fancy his chances today when he meets the Iranian, Ehsan Rouzbahani.
Former Kilkenny minor hurler Darren O’Neill well deserved his two points margin of victory over Egypt’s Mohammad Hikal 15-13 yesterday and faces off today against that tough Bulgarian, Mladen Manev.
Young Belfast boxer, Michael Conlan is the other Irish fighter in action today. He meets Nordine Oubaali of France in what promises to be a very close contest.
You can follow the action LIVE on www.AIBABoxingtv.com and on Youtube at www.youtube.com/aibaboxingtv.
Good Luck to all the Irish competitors today
October 2nd (last 32)
52Kg:Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Olzhas Sattibayev (Kazakhstan) 18-17
64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) lost to Manoj Kumar (India) 7-19
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) beat Borna Katalinic (Croatia) 21-17
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) beat Dilovarsho Abdurakhmanov (Tajikistan) 22-4
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel) beat Faruth Kalonov (Tajikistan) RSC2
October 3rd (last 32)
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) lost to Mark Barriga (Philippines) 12-20
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Akhil Kumar (India) 21-14
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Mohammad Khaiber (Afghanistan) 26-13
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) beat Mohamad Hikal (Egypt) 15-13
91Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown) lost to Jose Gomez Larduet (Cuba) RET3
October 4th (Last 16)
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) v Nordine Oubaali (France)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu (Mongolia)
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) v Egidijus Kavaliauskas (Lithuania)
60kg; David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) v Jai Bhagwan (India)
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) v Mladen Manev (Bulgaria)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) v Ehsan Rouzbahani (Iran)