Boxing: Quigley and Conlan progress but Sheehan goes out in Almaty

Updated: October 20, 2013

Jason Quigley claimed an impressive majority 2-0 decision to advance to the last-16 of the AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday morning.

The current European champion beat India’s Vijender Singh, famous Bollywood actor and  the 2010 Asian Games champion, over three, three minutes rounds in the middleweight class.

The final scores were 30-26,30-26 and 28-28 in the former Kazakh capital.

Quigley had to see the ringside doctor because of a facial cut following a clash of heads in the first round of this encounter, while Singh, a bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics, was deducted a point after receiving a public warning for a low blow in the third.

“As everyone knows, I’m an accurate boxer. I would never take anyone for granted. I went in there today and gave it everything, every fight is a final,” said Quigley after his win.

The Donegal man, the No. 5 seed in the 75kg class in Almaty, will now meet Scotland’s Aston Brown in the last-16. Brown beat Korea’s Jaemin Jeong earlier Saturday Brown finished in 10th spot at the 2013 European Championships after losing to Romania’s Bogdan Juratoni. Quigley beat Juratoni in the final at the same tournament in Minsk, Belarus.

Quigley also claimed the “Quote of the Session” accolades from the International Boxing Association (AIBA), as did Ken Egan, who is reporting live from ringside.

Quote of the session:

“The following was overheard in the mixed-zone between Jason Quigley following his fight with Vijender from India and former Irish boxer turned journalist Kenny Egan”.

Quigley: “He was an Olympic medallist so to not have a great fight against a lad of that calibre and still go through to the next round is a really good result for me. He’s still extremely good but Beijing is a long way back…”

Egan: “Tell me about it… I’m getting grey hairs.” (Egan was silver medallist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing).

India’s boxers are competing under the AIBA flag in Almaty because their National Federation is under suspension.

Meanwhile, Tipperary heavyweight Con Sheehan, , lost to Cuba’s Yohanndi Ortega on a unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,29-28)..

Sheehan, working well from body to head, dominated the first round of this contest and was ahead on two of the judges’ cards.

But Ortega, a gold medallist at the 2013 Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile, quit dancing around and responded with a more focussed approach to take the second. It all came down to the third and final frame.

Sheehan once again gave as good as he got in the close range exchanges going down the final stretch as both boxers went toe-to-toe.

Ortega, however, found the target with a number of clean uppercuts to secure a place in the last-16, although the 30-27 score he was awarded against the multiple Irish champion was very generous to say the least.

Michael Conlan became the fourth Ulster boxer to make it through to the last-16 after scoring a unanimous decision over Hungary’s Kriszthan Nagy also in Saturday’s afternoon session.

The London 2012 bronze medallist, who has moved up from flyweight to bantamweight for Almaty, was handed a 30-27,30-27,29-28 verdict.

Conlan, the No. 2 seed in Almaty, will now meet Brian Gonzalez of Mexico in the next phase. Sean McComb and Joe Ward will be in action in the last-32 of the tournament on Sunday.

Here Billy Walsh discusses the Irish results with Ray McManus, courtesy

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