Five Irish fighters in AIBA World top 10 as at 01 October

Updated: October 2, 2012

Katie Taylor (1), John Joe Nevin (3) and Michael Conlan (3) are the highest ranked Irish boxers, while Paddy Barnes (7) and Ray Moylette (8) are in the top ten.

London 2012 Olympian Darren O’Neill and Joe Ward are in 11th position in the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions respectively.

In the overall rankings lists, there are seven Irish men included together with nine Irish women – the latter a sign of how much women’s boxing in Ireland has advanced in recent years, following the Taylor success story.

Ray Moylette and Joe Ward are the current European light-welterweight and light-heavyweight champions, though neither qualified for the London Games.

AIBA rankings are based on performances at the AIBA World Men’s and Women’s Championships, Olympic Games, Confederation Championships and AIBA World Youth Championships over a two-year rolling period.

Taylor, who has been ranked number (1) for the last six years, picked up 2,500 ranking points this year alone by virtue of winning gold medals at the Olympic Games and AIBA World Women’s Championships. Overall her 4500 points in the 2 years period covered by rankings is the highest ever obtained by any boxer, male or female, and is some 2200 points ahead of her great adversary, Russia’s Sofya Ochigava.

Barnes and Conlan were awarded an extra 50 points each in the light -flyweight and flyweight classes at the London 2012 Games as they officially finished third in their weight classes as they were beaten by the eventual Olympic gold medallists.

The seven Irish men included in the rankings are the aforementioned Barnes, Conlan,Nevin,Moylette, O’Neill and Ward plus Illies GC fighter Willie McLoughlin at 69kg. The only notable absentee is Bray’s Adam Nolan and that only due to the complex ranking system used.

Insofar as the Irish women are concerned, apart from Katie Taylor, the other eight are CavanBC’s Oliwia Samsonow, Geesala’s Katie Rowland, Ceire Smith also of Cavan BC, Michaela Walsh of the Holy Family Club, the UK-based Alanna Wynn (formerly Murphy), Callan’s Clare Grace, Sinead Kavanagh of Drimnagh BC and Paulstown’s Lauragh O’Neill.

The next AIBA ranking tournament will be the 2012 AIBA World Youth Championships which are scheduled to begin in Yerevan, Armenia on November 25th.

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