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Invitation Letter WCH Baku 2011

AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011

Sport & Exhibition Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (22nd September - 10th October)

The Championships will be staged in 10 weight categories: 46-49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg, 91+kg.

Three (3) rounds of three (3) minutes, one (1) minute rest between rounds.

Age Classification: Boxers who were born between January 1, 1977 – December

31, 1994 are eligible to participate (ages 17 - 34)

 

Draw & results

Entries/ Draw last 64 last 32

last 16

Qtr

Semi

Final

49Kg:

Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast) 48   L12-20        

52Kg:

Michael Conlon (St John Bosco BC, Belfast) 59 W25-12 W18-17 W20-17 L24-25    

56Kg:

John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)
57   W21-14 W18-18cb W19-17 L12-12cb  

60Kg:

David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy BC, Kildare)
66 W23-11 W26-13 L30-32      

64Kg:

Ray Moylette (St Anne's BC, Mayo)
67 W16-11 L7-19        

69Kg:

Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy BC, Kildare)
63 W15-10 W21-17 L7-11      

75Kg:

Darren O'Neill (Paulstown BC, Kilkenny)
67 W16-5 W15-13 W19-12 L9-18    

81kg:

Joe Ward (Moate BC, Westmeath)
56   W22-4 L15-15cb      

91Kg:

Ken Egan (Neilstown BC, Dublin)
47   LRET3        

91+kg:

Con Sheehan (Clonmel BC, Tipperary)
40   WRSC2 LRET3      
Total
IABA President: Tommy Murphy
Director of Boxing: Dominic O'Rourke
Team manager: Des Donnelly
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Jimmy Halpin
Physio: Scott Murphy
Performance Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton
 
  Semi finals
  Quarter finals
Competition schedule last 16
Rankings Tables  

 

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GALLAGHER SCOOPS TOP AIBA R&J AWARD (AGAIN)

Michael Gallagher accepting his best R&J award at the 2011 World C'Ships from AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu
 
IRELAND'S Michael Gallagher has scooped the annual Best Referee & Judge of the Year Award, World amateur boxing chiefs AIBA have announced.
 
Following the AIBA Executive Committee Bureau's approval, further to the proposals made by the AIBA Technical & Rules, Coaches and Refereeing and Judging Commission members, we are very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 AIBA Awards an AIBA statement read.
 
 
Best Elite Boxer of the Year: Magomedrasul Medzhidov (Azerbaijan)
Best Junior Boxer of the Year: Asror Vohidov (Tajikistan)
Best Coach of the Year: Dmytro Sosnovsky (Ukraine)
Best Referee & Judge of the Year: Michael Gallagher (Ireland)

 

"I would like to congratulate these winners for their great efforts in developing and elevating boxing level as well as for continuously looking after the best interests of the boxers", stated Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President.

The 2011 AIBA Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on 27 November in London, Great Britain, after the Finals of the London Olympic Boxing Test Event.

Tyrone native Gallagher also claimed the best Referee and Judge award at the recent AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

 

BAKU HOMECOMING Monday, October 10, 2011

Irish World C'Ships squad
The 10-man Irish squad arrived home via Dublin Airport from the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan yesterday.
 
Michael Conlan, Darren O'Neill and John Joe Nevin qualified for the 2012 Olympic by virtue of reaching the quarter-finals in Baku.
 
Nevin, who won bronze at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan,  claimed a bronze medal in Baku to become the first Irish male boxer to win two medals at this level.
 
There will be one final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers in Istanbul next April.
 
The Irish women's team, which will include three-time World champion Katie Taylor,  will get one opportunity to qualify for the London Games at the 2012 AIBA World Women's Championships
in China next May.
 
Below pictures courtesy of Michael Hade (IABA).
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish 2012 Olympians Darren O'Neill, John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan with IABA President Tommy Murphy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two-time AIBA World medalist John Joe Nevin with his dad and family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish 2012 Olympian Michael Conlan, family and friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish 2012 Olympian Darren O'Neill, family and friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two-time Irish Olympian John Joe Nevin and Irish coach Zuar Antia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish squad arriving home

 

GALLAGHER TOPS THE PODIUM IN BAKU

Michael Gallagher after being presented with his top R&J award
Ireland's Michael Gallagher has finished on top of the referees and judges podium at the 16th AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
 
Gallagher was today chosen as the best R&J following the conclusion of the 113-nation Championships in the Azerbaijani capital.
 
Michael Gallagher being presented with his award by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu
The Omagh, Co Tyrone native has officiated at numerous national and international tournaments over the last 20 years.
 
He was also worked as the third man in the ring at the inaugural World Series of Boxing this year.
 
Gallagher was presented with his award by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu in Baku this afternoon.
 
Forty two R&J's officiated at the AIBA World Championships which was also acting as the first major qualifier for the London 2010 Olympics.
 
Please see below attachment.

 

R&J list 16th AIBA World C'Ships

 

CUBA TOP OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION TABLE

 
Three of the boxers that eliminated Irish boxers in the earlier stages of the 2011 AIBA World Championships secured Olympic tickets through the "back door" this afternoon.
 
Boxers in the eight weigh-divisions from light-flyweight to light-heavyweight  losing out at the last-16 stage of the tournament in Baku were guaranteed Olympics places if they were beaten by the eventual finalists in those weight categories.
 
Likewise with heavyweights and super-heavyweights, except that the above applied to the losing quarter-finalists in these weight categories.
 
The quarter-finalists in the eight weight categories and the semi-finalists in the heavyweight and super-heavyweight categories qualified automatically.
 
Mark Barriga, who beat Paddy Barnes, Jose Larduet, who beat Ken Egan, and Robert Cammerelle, who beat Con Sheehan, qualified via the above route today.
 
Cuban super-heavyweight Erislandy Savon, a nephew of the legendary heavyweight Felix Savon, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a six-time AIBA World champion, also qualified for the London 2012 Games today.
 
Cuba topped the qualification table in Baku with seven boxers.
 
The Ukraine and Russia booked six tickets each for London, while Italy and Kazakhstan qualified five. England, Azerbaijan, India and Uzbekistan qualified four.
 
Ireland, Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, Thailand and the USA qualified three boxers. 
 
The 16th AIBA World Championships concludes with finals in all weight categories tomorrow.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Roy Sheehan    
Roy Sheehan's hopes of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics were dashed this afternoon when Egidijus Kavaliauskas retired versus Sapiyev Serik of Kazakhstan in the welterweight semi-final at the AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
 
The Lithuanian, who beat Sheehan in the last-16, didn't answer the bell for the start of the second. Serik was 8-2 up.
 
Boxers losing in the last-16 to the eventual finalists in the eight weight categories from light-fly to light-heavy qualify for the Olympic Games.
 
There will be one final qualifier for European male boxers in Istanbul next April.
 
Katie Taylor and the Irish women's team will get one opportunity to qualify for the 30th Olympiad from the 2012 AIBA Women's World Championships in China next May.
 
Ireland's competitive interest in the tournament concluded today following John Joe Nevin's count back reversal to England's Luke Campbell.
 
The finals will be held tomorrow.
 
IABA web would like to thank Irish Team manager Des Donnelly and Paul McDermot of the Irish Sports Council for their constant scores, updates, audio and feedback from the 16th AIBA World Championships.
 
The 10-man Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 5.20pm on Sunday.
 
Flight details
 
BMI BD 928 09OCT Baku London Heathrow    1055 1300
BMI BD 129 09OCT London Heathrow Dublin    1600 1720

 

 

NEVIN EDGED OUT IN BAKU

John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin had to settle for bronze after narrowly losing out in his bid to reach the 56kg final at the 16th AIBA World Championships in Azerbaijan today.
The Mullingar-born bantamweight was adjudged to have lost his semi-final on a count back to English southpaw Luke Campbell after a 12-12 draw in Baku.
(No count back scores are available).
Campbell, who Nevin beat 13-2 in 2009, edged the first round 4-3, but Nevin, who landed most of the cleaner, more powerful shots throughout, claimed the second 6-5 to leave the scoring tied at 9-9.
Nevin, who was clipped  by combinations in the second and third from 6ft Campbell, also landed the more telling punches in the third, one right straight over hitting the target early on.
However, Campbell, who boxes out of the Hull ABC, did catch the advancing Irish champion with a flurry just past mid-midway in the final frame.
Both boxers, aware that the bout was balanced on a knife edge, spent the final seconds of the three-rounder circling around each other not willing to risk being tagged and losing out.
But it was Campbell that got the nod on accepted scores to advance to Saturday's 56kg final with Lazaro Alvarez-Estrada of Cuba.
Speaking after today's bout, Nevin, whose body shots appeared to have made little or no impression with the five judges, said he was devastated and that he thought he won the last round.
Irish head coach Billy Walsh said that he believed that Nevin had won the contest by a couple of hits.
Nevin will be taking home a bronze medal from the tournament, his second bronze meda win at this level in two years.
Today's reversal brings the curtain down on Ireland's competitive involvement at the 113-nation World Championships.
However, St Michael's Athy welterweight Roy Sheehan will have a keen interest in the outcome of today's (4pm) clash between Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania  and Sapiyev Serik of Kazakhstan.
If Kavaliauskas wins that bout, then Sheehan, who was beaten by the Lithuanian in the last-16, will qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
 
Roy SheehanBoxers losing out in the last-16 in eight of the weight categories from light-fly to light-heavy will qualify for the Olympics if they were beaten by the eventual finalists in those weight classes.
 
Ninety two Olympic places will have been secured after today's semi-finals conclude in Baku.
 
Nevin, who boxes out of the Cavan BC, Darren O'Neill, of the Paulstown BC in Kilkenny, and Michael Conlan, of the St John Bosco BC in Belfast,  qualified for the 2012 Olympics in the Azerbaijani capital by virtue of reaching the quarter-finals.
 
Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia and Jimmy Halpin were working Ireland's corner in Baku.
 
The Irish squad are scheduled to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 5.20pm Sunday.
 
Irish squad Flight details
 
BMI BD 928 09OCT Baku London Heathrow    1055 1300
BMI BD 129 09OCT London Heathrow Dublin    1600 1720
 
 
 
2011 AIBA World Men's Championships Baku, Azerbaijan
 
September 27th
52Kg: (last 64) Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Alexandr Riscan (Moldova) 25-12
 
September 29th
69Kg: (last 64) Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) beat Carl Hield (Bahamas) 15-10
 
September 30th
64Kg: (last 64) Ray Moylette (St Anne's) beat Arturs Ahmetous (Latvia) 16-11
 
October 1st (last 64)
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) beat Glodi Eneste (Norway) 16-5
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy) beat Mohammad Momevand (Iran) 23-11
 
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) beat Nordine Oubaali (France) 20-17
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu (Mongolia) 18-18 count back 
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) lost to Egidijus Kavaliauskas (Lithuania) 7-11
60kg; David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy) lost to  Jai Bhagwan (India) 30-32
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) beat Mladen Manev (Bulgaria) 19-12
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) lost to  Ehsan Rouzbahani (Iran) 15-15 count back
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel) lost to Roberto Cammerelle (Italy) RET3
(No count back scores available)
 
October 5th - Quarter-finals
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) lost to  Andrew Selby (Wales) 24-25
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Orzubek Shayimov (Uzbekistan) 19-17
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) lost to Ryota Murata (Japan) (afternoon) 9-18
 
October 7th - Semi-finals
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) lost to Luke Campbell (England) 12-12 count back
(no count back scores available)
 
Irish Squad 2011 AIBA World Championships Baku, Azerbaijan
 
49Kg (Light-flyweight) - Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
52Kg: (Flyweight) - Michael Conlon (St John Bosco BC, Belfast)
56Kg: (Bantamweight) - John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)
60Kg: (Lightweight) - David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy BC, Kildare)
64Kg: (Light-welterweight) - Ray Moylette (St Anne's BC, Mayo)
69Kg: (Welterweight) - Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy BC, Kildare)
75Kg: (Middleweight) - Darren O'Neill (Paulstown BC, Kilkenny)
81Kg: (Light-heavyweight) - Joe Ward (Moate BC, Westmeath)
91Kg: (Heavyweight) - Ken Egan (Neilstown BC, Dublin)
91Kg+: (Super-heavyweight) - Con Sheehan (Clonmel BC, Tipperary)
 
IABA President: Tommy Murphy
Director of Boxing: Dominic O'Rourke
Team manager: Des Donnelly
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Jimmy Halpin
Physio: Scott Murphy
Performance Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton

 

O'NEILL,NEVIN AND CONLAN QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPICS

Darren O'Neill
Ireland will have at least three boxers at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
 
Darren O'Neill, John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan qualified for the 30th Olympiad by virtue of reaching the quarter-finals at the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan today.

 

 

 

 

 
Michael Conlan
But Joe Ward and the St Michael's Athy pair of David Oliver Joyce and Roy Sheehan lost out just one win away from booking their tickets for the London Games.
 
Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan also lost today after he was retired in round three versus Italy's Roberto Cammerelle. The Italian claimed gold at the 2008 Olympics and is a two-time AIBA World champion.
 
Conlan staged a magnificent comeback to beat French 2008 Olympian and 2007 AIBA World bronze medalist, Nordine Ouabaali. The Belfast flyweight was trailing 6-4 at the end of the first but leveled the bout at 11-11 going into the third before racking up a 20-17 verdict, his third win in Baku against quality opposition.
 
 
The St John Bosco BC ace will meet current European champion, Andrew Selby of Wales, in Wednesday's quarter-final.
 
Round scoring: R1, 4-6. R2: 7-5. R3, 9-6 (20-17)
 
Meanwhile, David Oliver Joyce produced an heroic display only to cruelly lose out in the last few seconds to a harsh public warning.
 
John Joe Nevin
Joyce was locked at 30-30 with India's Jai Bhagwan when he was penalised for pushing with 4 seconds remaining and ceded two points, a decision that handed Bhagwan victory and a place at the 2012 Olympics.
 
Sheehan, who has bravely fought back into contention for a place on the Irish side after being out for over two years with hand injuries, also left everything in the ring but was on the wrong end of an 11-7 verdict versus Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania in the welterweight class.
 
Twenty-two-year-old  John Joe Nevin, who was the youngest member of the Irish 2008 Olympic squad, booked his ticket for London after earning a count back decision over Mongolian bantamweight Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu following an 18-18 tie.
 
Roy Sheehan
Nevin, who took standing counts in the first and second rounds, was trailing by two points going into the third but fought back magnificently to level the contest at 18-18 before having his hand raised in triumph on accepted scores.
 
He'll now face Orzubek Shayimov of Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals tomorrow, two years after he claimed bronze at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan.
 
 
Round scoring: R1, 4-4. R2, 7-9. R3, 7-5 (18-18) c/b
 
(No count back scores are available at this time).
 
O'Neill, who is a roommate with Nevin in Baku, qualified for London with a well deserved 19-12 victory over Mladen Manev of Bulgaria.
 
David Oliver Joyce
The Kilkenny southpaw, who beat Manev 6-0 en route to silver at the 2010 European Championships in Moscow, will meet Ryota Murata of Japan in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
 
O'Neill is the second Irish middleweight to qualify for the Olympic Games in-a-row. The late Darren Sutherland represented Ireland at the 2008 Games in Beijing where he won a bronze medal in the middleweight class.
 
Round scoring.  R1 6-4. R2 7-5. R3 6-3 (19-12)
 
Earlier today, Joe Ward agonisingly lost out on a place at the Olympics after being edged out on a countback versus Ehsan Rouzbahani of Iran.
 
The current European light-heavyweight champion and Rouzbahani were tied at 15-15 at the end of the three rounds but the Iranian got the nod on accepted scores.
 
Both boxers received public warnings for holding in the second and third rounds by Uzbekistani referee Dahodir Jumaniyazov. The first frame ended level at 4-4 but Rouzbahini was 12-8 up going into the third.
 
Ward won the third 7-3 to tie the bout at 15-15, but Rouzbahini was handed a ticket for the 2012 London Games on a count back.
 
Round scoring: R1, 4-4. R2, 8-4. R3, 3-7 (15-15) c/b
 
(No count back score are available at this time).
 
"I'm really, really disappointed. I just can't believe that I've been beaten. Four of the judges had me winning (in the last round) and one judge had me losing and I lost on a count back. It's devastating, said Ward.
 
"I wasn't stepping back as usual, counter punching. I don't know what really happened, what came over me at that time.
 
"That definitely destroyed the fight, added Ward in relation to his public warning. "I didn't deserve it. He was doing most of the holding and pulling."
 
Joe Ward
Meanwhile, Ward, Joyce and Roy Sheehan will qualify for London if the opponents that beat them today reach the light-heavy, welter and lightweight finals.
 
Sixty four places at the London Olympics were won in Baku today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 AIBA World Men's Championships Baku, Azerbaijan
 
September 27th
 
52Kg: (last 64) Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Alexandr Riscan (Moldova) 25-12
 
September 29th
 
69Kg: (last 64) Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) beat Carl Hield (Bahamas) 15-10
 
September 30th
 
64Kg: (last 64) Ray Moylette (St Anne's) beat Arturs Ahmetous (Latvia) 16-11
 
October 1st (last 64)
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) beat Glodi Eneste (Norway) 16-5
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy) beat Mohammad Momevand (Iran) 23-11
 
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) beat Nordine Oubaali (France) 20-17
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu (Mongolia) 18-18 count back 
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) lost to Egidijus Kavaliauskas (Lithuania) 7-11
60kg; David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy) lost to  Jai Bhagwan (India) 30-32
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) beat Mladen Manev (Bulgaria) 19-12
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) lost to  Ehsan Rouzbahani (Iran) 15-15 count back
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel) lost to Roberto Cammerelle (Italy) RET3
 
(No count back scores available)
 
 
October 5th - Quarter-finals
 
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) v Andrew Selby (Wales) (evening)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Orzubek Shayimov (Uzbekistan) (afternoon)
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown) v Ryota Murata (Japan) (afternoon)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ELITE SQUAD FOR AIBA WORLD C'SHIPS ANNOUNCED

Darren O'Neill (blue) in action
Following a meeting at the National Stadium in Dublin today the Boxing Council of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association named their Elite squad for the upcoming AIBA World Senior Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan.
 
Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon, John Joe Nevin, David Oliver Joyce, Roy Sheehan, Darren O'Neill, Joe Ward, Ken Egan and Con Sheehan have been named on the Irish team for Baku.
 
Ray Moylette, the current European Elite champion, and Ross Hickey, the current Irish Elite champion, will meet in a box-off on Friday September 2nd to decide the light-welterweight position.
 
Paddy Barnes and Joe Ward - who between them have won two gold medals at the 2010 and 2011 European Elite Championships - will wear the Irish light-flyweight and  light-heavyweight vests in Baku.
 
 
Joe Ward (blue) v Ken Egan
Olympic silver medalist and three-time European Union champion Ken Egan and 2009 European Union gold medalist Con Sheehan have been selected at heavyweight and super-heavyweight.
Bantamweight John Joe Nevin, a bronze medal winner at the 2009 AIBA World Senior Championships, 2009 European European Union champion and 2010 European Elite Championships silver medalist Darren O'Neill, and 2009 European Union champion David Oliver Joyce have also been named in the squad.
Belfast's Michael Conlon will compete at flyweight in Baku, while 2007 European Union champion Roy Sheehan will carry Ireland's welterweight hopes at the first major qualifier for the 30th Olympiad.
Five boxers have already qualified for the 2012 Olympics through the World Series of Boxing Individual Championships.
There will be one final Olympic qualifier for European boxers at a venue to be confirmed next April.
The preliminary rounds of 2011 AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers begin in Baku on September 26th.
The Irish Elite squad are currently in training camp in Assisi, Italy.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed following today's Boxing Council meeting that Michael O'Reilly, of the Portlaoise BC, will line out for Ireland at welterweight at the 2011 European Youth Championships which begin on Monday at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
 
 
 
Irish Squad for 2011 AIBA World Senior Championships and Olympic qualifiers Baku, Azerbaijan September22nd/October10th
 
 
49Kg - Light-flyweight): Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG, Belfast)
52Kg - Flyweight): Michael Conlon (St John Bosco, Belfast)
56Kg - Bantamweight): John Joe Nevin (Cavan)
60Kg - Lightweight): David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy, Kildare)
64Kg - Light-welterweight): To Be Decided
69Kg - Welterweight): Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy, Kildare)
75Kg - Middleweight): Darren O'Neill (Paulstown, Kilkenny)
81Kg - Light-heavyweight): Joe Ward (Moate, Westmeath)
91Kg - Heavyweight): Ken Egan (Neilstown, Dublin)
91+Kg - Super-heavyweight): Con Sheehan (Clonmel, Tipperary)
 
Box -Off for Light-welterweight position September 2nd
 
64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne's, Mayo) v Ross Hickey (Grangecon, Wicklow)

 

IABA TO RATIFY SQUAD FOR WORLD C'SHIPS -UPDATED

Current Elite champion Adam Nolan joins the Irish squad for the Assisi training camp.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association Boxing Council will meet Saturday (August 20)  to ratify the Irish  squad for the upcoming AIBA World Men's Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Azerbaijan.
Saturday's meeting will begin at 11am at the National Stadium in Dublin.
The AIBA World Championships, which will also act as the first major qualifier for male boxers for the 2012 Olympics, glove off in Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday, September 26.
Meanwhile, a 15-strong Elite Irish squad will leave for an eight-day training camp  with hosts Italy, Ukraine and  Azerbaijan in Assisi on Friday morning.
World, European and European Union lightweight champion Katie Taylor has also been included in the squad.
The Irish squad depart for Assisi on Friday morning.
 
Irish squad for training camp Assisi, Italy August 19th/27th
 
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52Kg: Michael Conlon (St John Bosco)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan), Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael's Athy)
64Kg: Ray  Moylette (St Anne's), Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy), Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG), Adam Nolan (Bray)
75Kg: Darren O'Neill (Paulstown), Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) 
91Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown)
91+Kg:Con Sheehan (Clonmel)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray)
 
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Jimmy Halpin, Peter Taylor

Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary

 

IABA STATEMENT 

 

Statement on Team Ireland selection for World Boxing Championships

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association has responded to the current discussion surrounding the selection of Team Ireland for the upcoming AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, which also acts as an opportunity to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The Association recognises the genuine concerns of boxers, their supporters and families, and the wider community of boxing and sports fans regarding team selection.

The Association has stated however that it is a long-standing part of team selection for major championships to use box-off tournaments to assist in this process to ensure the strongest possible team is sent, and it is in this context that this week’s Open Elite Competition is being held.

What brings the matter into particular focus now is the extraordinary strength and depth in Irish Amateur Boxing.  This wealth of talent has been developed due to IABA coaches, members, volunteers and officers nationwide, and has been built on by the strength of the High Performance Unit and its coaching team.

In individual weight divisions, Irish amateur boxing boasts a number of boxers more than capable of representing Ireland at World level.   The box-off ensures that European Champions, national champions and international medallists can be assessed prior to team selection, and that it is fair that all are afforded this opportunity.

At a meeting on 5th August, the Officer Board of the Boxing Council of the IABA recommended that the Open Elite Competition be used to assist in the selection of the team for the World Championships.  Formal team ratification will ultimately take place on 20th August, and the Boxing Council will select the team following the outcome of the Open Elite Competition, and assessing other relevant performances and factors.

There will of course be a further opportunity for Ireland’s boxers to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games via the AIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The IABA is confident that the strongest possible squad will ultimately represent Ireland in the World Championships, the Olympic Qualifying tournament, and the Olympic Games, and that the outstanding record of our Boxers on the world stage will be further built upon throughout these tournaments.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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