The International Boxing Association (AIBA) have updated their rankings for October ahead of the official start of the 2013 AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan on October 11th.
Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan remain in No. 3 spot at light-fly and flyweight, while Jason Quigley remains at joint No. 6, according to points, in the middleweight class.
Cuba have two boxers, Jorge Alvarez (2) and current Olympic light-fly champion Eloy Ramirez (3), in the top three in the bantamweight rankings.Eloy beat Conlan in the London 2012 semi-final en route to light-flyweight gold. He moved up to bantamweight this year, replacing Alvarez, to claim gold at the Pan American Games in Chile.
The manoeuvrings at bantam are of academic interest to Ireland as no Irish boxer will compete in this weight class in Almaty, after John Joe Nevin, who beat Alverez in the London 2012 semi-final and who is ranked No. 1, signalled his intention to switch codes. However, it remains to be seen if Eloy drops back down to fly, or if Alvarez, the 2011 AIBA World bantamweight champion, wears the bantamweight vest in Kazakhstan.
Meanwhile, the nine-strong Irish team arrive in Almaty last Sunday. A training and sparring session with the host nation and Azerbaijan was arranged for today.
Team Ireland trained amongst themselves on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Irish head coach Billy Walsh said that they were looking forward to getting some quality work under their belts against Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
“Training has been going well and the lads are over the long trip here. The intensity of the training session on Wednesday was particularly good. Thankfully, we have no injuries to report and we’re looking forward to working with two quality sides in the host nation and Azerbaijan, “ said Walsh.
Irish squad AIBA World Men’s Elite C’Ships Almaty, Kazakhstan October 11th/27th
49kg (Light-flyweight) Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52kg (Flyweight) Michael Conlan (St John Bosco)
60kg (Lightweight) Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
64kg (Light/Welterweight) Ray Moylette (St Anne’s)
69kg (Welterweight) Adam Nolan (Bray)
75kg (Middleweight) Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)
81kg (Light/Heavyweight) Joe Ward (Moate)
91kg (Heavyweight) Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett)
91kg+ (Super/Heavyweight) Con Sheehan (Clonmel)
There are no further Women’s Ranking tournaments for 2013 which means that Katie Taylor remains as World no.1 at 60kg for a record 7th year in a row, in the October rankings listing just issued.