The 17th AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships gets underway at the Baluan Sholak Palace of Sports and Culture in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Monday with Ireland having nine representatives seeking that elusive World Gold medal.
Donegal’s European championship Gold medallist, Jason Quigley faces the prospect of a very tough second round bout where he could meet India’s Vijender Singh (boxing on this occasion under the AIBA flag since India are temporarily banned from AIBA team competitions) though Vijender has first to overcome Sweden’s Hampus Henriksson in their first round bout.
The Indian champion, also a well-known Bollywood film star and TV celebrity , was of course a Bronze medallist at Beijing 2008 and again at the 2009 Worlds thoug he went out at the quarter-final stage of London 2012 against Uzbekistan’s Abbos Atoev (13-17) at the ExCeL Arena in Docklands.
Belfast heavyweight, Tommy McCarthy meanwhile will be the first Irish boxer in the ring when he meets Nikolay Mutavski of Bulgaria on Monday afternoon.
Four Irish boxers – Michael Conlan (2), Paddy Barnes (5), Jason Quigley (5) and Joe Ward (6) have been seeded so all four have received byes into the last 32.
One hundred nations represented by 457 boxers will compete in the tournament.
Paddy Barnes has moved up to flyweight from light-fly for Almaty. Barnes’ fellow Belfast fighter Michael Conlan had already announced last week that he was moving up from flyweight to bantamweight .
Irish head coach Billy Walsh said that they were ‘relatively pleased’ with Sunday’s draw, adding that the squad were eager to get the tournament underway.
The draw was presided over by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and orchestrated by Mr Helmut Ranze, Supervisor of the competition with the assistance of Swiss Timing, the official timing/scoring company of AIBA and the IOC, who used an advanced computer system to randomly select the boxers once the seeding had been accounted for.
The AIBA Men’s World Championships is the signature event on the AIBA calendar going back 39 years to its beginnings in 1974 when the Championships made its debut in one of the heartlands of boxing – Havana, Cuba.
Cuba tops the medals table with a total of 116 medals, more than half of which are Gold. Ireland occupies 41st position with seven bronze medals won at this level over the last 39 years.
Can Ireland achieve a first ever Gold or Silver medal in 2013 ? SportsNewsIRELAND will keep you updated with all the news from Almaty throughout the competition.
AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships Almaty, Kazakhstan
91kg Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) v Nikolay Mutavski (Bulgaria)
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Almog Briga (Israel)
64kg Ray Moylette (Ireland) v Alexandros Tsanikidis (Greece)
69kg Adam Nolan (Ireland) v Souleymane Cissokho (France)
52kg Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Milos Baltic (Serbia) or Qingxian Mai (China)
56kg Michael Conlan (Ireland) v Kriszthan Nagy (Hungary) or Helsham Abdelaal (Egypt)
75kg Jason Quigley (Ireland) v Vijender (India) (AIBA) or Hampus Henriksson (Sweden)
91+kg Con Sheehan (Ireland) v Yohanndi Ortega (Cuba)
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Mateusz Tryc (Poland) or Rauf Rahimov (Azerbaijan)
52kg – Flyweight – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
56kg – Bantamweight – Michael Conlan (St John Bosco BC, Belfast)
60kg – Lightweight – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity BC, Belfast)
64kg – Light-welterweight – Ray Moylette (St Anne’s BC, Mayo)
69kg – Welterweight – Adam Nolan (Bray BC, Co, Wicklow)
75kg – Middleweight – Jason Quigley (Finn Valley BC, Donegal)
81kg – Light –heavyweight – Joe Ward (Moate BC, Co. Westmeath)
91kg – Heavyweight – Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast)
91kg+ – Super-heavyweight – Con Sheehan (Clonmel BC, Tipperary)