After the disappointment of Saturday night’s World title defeat by Willie Casey at CityWest, news last night of some excellent performances at the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross for Ireland’s Amateur boxers who defeated a strong Chinese National side 9-3 before a ‘full house’ at the Wexford venue.
China you will recall finished topof the medals table at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. True this was not China’s strongest side but then neither was it the no. 1 Irish Elite squad. Both nations however fielded very strong squads.
It will however give the Irish management great encouragement especially with further internationals, against the Chinese , to come this week at Dungarvan’s Sports Centre on Wednesday and at the National Stadium
on Friday. Particularly encouraging was the fact that all three female bouts – in the three Olympic weights – were won by Ireland.
Fresh from her victory over Spain’s Mari del Carmen Romero Molina at CityWest on Saturday, Ireland’s World Champion Katie Taylor scored an emphatic 6 : 2 points victory in New Ross against her ‘old foe’ Cheng Dong whom she had defeated in the World Championship finals of 2008 and 2010, winning
comfortably in New Ross. Another excellent performance too last night from young Joe Ward, the Moate 17 years old who deprived Kenny Egan of the Irish Elite Light Heavyweight championship a few weeks back. Ward won 9:2 last night, forcing Fanlong Meng into a third round standing count ‘ en route’
to victory. A fine talent Ward and one who may well be one of Ireland’s best hopes for an Olympic medal in London 2012, if he qualifies.
Another excellent performance too from young 17 years old Mayo girl, Katie Rowland who fights out of the Geesala club. Rowland, a medallist in last year’s European Youth Championships in Calais-Sangatte had a fine 3:1 win over Yujie Luo .
Other Irish Elite champions who emerged victorious last night included Michael Conlon, Michael McDonagh, Sinead Kavanagh, John Joe Nevin, Darren O’Neill and Patrick Corcoran .
Belfast ‘s Michael Conlon got Ireland off to a flying start with a thoroughly deserved 15-4 verdict over Yong Chang in the evening’s opening (flyweight) bout.
Next came Michael McDonagh who followed that up with a 2-0 win over Qiang Lio.
One of the best Irish performances of the New Ross card came from one of the Irish boxers who lost – Drimnagh super-heavyweight Sean Turner – Sean lost out on a double count back against 2008 Olympic silver medallist Zhilei Zaifula.
Ireland v China – Brandon Hotel – New Ross, Wexford March 20th
52Kg: Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) beat Yong Chang (China) 15-4
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (St Mary’s) beat Qiang Luo (China) 2-0
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) beat Fanlong Meng (China) 9-2
51Kg: Katie Rowland (Geesala) beat Yujie Luo (China) 3-1
91Kg+:Sean Turner (Drimnagh) lost to Zhilei Zaifula (China) 5-5, c/b 10-10, 1-4
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Hongliang Zhang (China) 7-1
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) beat Dongmel Wang (China) 5-2
69Kg: Karl Brabazon (St Saviours) lost to Qiong Maimaitituersun (China) 3-10
64Kg: Niall Murray (Gorey) lost to Richabilige Hu (China) 3-6
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) beat Jianting Zhang (China) 5-2
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Cheng Dong (China) 6-2
91Kg: Patrick Corcoran (Olympic) beat Maimaiti Zaifula (China) 7-4