Thomas Sheahan,who boxes out of the St Michael’s club in Athy and Sunnyside BC, Cork fighter Patrick O’Shea have advanced to the quarter finals and last 16 respectively in the 5th World Military Games which have opened in Rio de Janeiro Games.
Team mate, Graham Hogan is out after a one point loss (17:18) to Chingiz Berdybekov of Kazakhstan in their welterweight clash.
Sheahan overcame Rahmani Kamel of Algeria 11-7 and now meets Chinese super-heavyweight Nijiati Yusha for a place in the semi-finals.
O’Shea, who gained a silver medal at the 2010 World Military Games defeated Azariah Agard (16-8) and next up is French light-heavyweight Abdelkader Bouhenia ,a bronze medallist at the World Championships.
The A.I.B.A reports that the Games boxing tournament started with some surprises on the opening day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the Top16 places were up for grabs.
Algeria’s Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist and WSB athlete Abdelkader Chadi had a really strong opponent in the first preliminary round where he had to fight against Ukrainian National Championships bronze medallist Oleh Malinovskiy. Their lightweight contest was one of the toughest battles of the day and the final verdict was a close 16:13 in Chadi’s favour.
Zambia’s best boxer, Beijing Olympian 26-year-old Precious Makina, caused the biggest surprise of the day when he eliminated the light welterweight class’s top favourite, the 19-year-old Asian Games silver medallist from India, Santosh Kumar Virothu.
Brazil’s flag bearer AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist and WSB boxer 23-year-old Everton Lopes demonstrated his excellent power against Muhammed Cat of Turkey and advanced to the next round in the light welterweight class.
Tunisia’s Aymen Mejri eliminated the third Indian boxer on the first competition day. He beat former Asian Junior Champion Rakesh Kalaskar by a close 10:8 and will face Kazakhstan’s Chyngyz Berdybekov, who beat Ireland’s Graham Hogan in the welterweight class.
World Military Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
July 21st (Q//Final) 91+Kg: Thomas Sheahan (Ireland) v Nijiati Yusha (China)
July 20th (Last 16) 81Kg: Patrick O’Shea (Ireland) v Abdelkader Bouhenia (France)
91+Kg: Thomas Sheahan (Ireland) beat Rahmani Kamel (Algeria) 11-7
69Kg: Graham Hogan (Ireland) lost to Chingiz Berdybekov (Kazakhstan) 17-18
81Kg: Patrick O’Shea (Ireland) beat Azariah Agard (Trinidad and Tobago) 16-8