Ward and Joyce in Olympic Qualifiers Action

Updated: April 15, 2012

David Oliver Joyce and Joe Ward will get Ireland’s AIBA Olympic qualifying campaign underway in Trabzon, Turkey tonight following this morning’s draw.

Joyce meets Welsh lightweight Joe Cordina, and Ward, the current European champion, is in against Swedish light-heavyweight Kennedy Katende.

Ross Hickey, Adam Nolan, who has received a bye in the welterweight class, Tommy McCarthy and Con Sheehan will be in action tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Paddy Barnes, who has also received a bye, meets Istvan Ungvari of Hungary on Tuesday.

198 boxers have entered for the qualifiers. Two rings will be in operation for the preliminary round bouts.

The Trabzon tournament is the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers.

Olympic Qualfying Tournament Trabzon, Turkey

April 15th

60kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Joe Cordina (Wales)

81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) v Kennedy Katende (Sweden)

(27 boxers have entered at 60kg and 28 at 81kg)

April 16th

64kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) v Dimitri Galagot (Moldova)

69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) v Thomasz Kot (Poland)

(15 boxers have entered at 64kg and 18 at 69kg)

April 16th

91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) v Copla Alem (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

91+kg: Con Sheehan (Ireland) v Muhammet Erkan Aci (Turkey)

(25 boxers have entered at 91kg and 20 at 91+kg)

April 17th

49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Istvan Ungvari (Hungary)

(17 boxers have entered at 49kg)

Irish squad

49kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG)

60kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)

64kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon)

69kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)

81kg: Joe Ward (Moate)

91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett)

91+kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel)

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