Earlier this month the IABA decided to hold a “box off” tournament to determine who should represent Ireland at the World Amateur Championships due to be held in Baku,Azerbaijan in late September and early October. This did not meet unanimous approval especially with some of those Irish Elite.
Senior champions who felt that winning the National title should have ensured their place on the plane to Baku. Not so said the IABA.
Among the latest entries for the ‘ box off’ tournament ,to be held at the National Stadium on 10,11,12 and 13 August according to IABA.ie sources are:
Olympic Youth champ Ryan Burnett, a silver medal winner at the 2010 AIBA World Youth Championships, 2009 European Youth champion Jason Quigley and 2008 AIBA World Youth bronze medallist, Davey Joe Joyce, formerly of the St Michael’s Athy BC, and now boxing out of the Ballincargy BC.
List of Open Unseeded Elite Competition Entries (as at August 8th)
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52Kg: Chris Phelan (Ryston), Shane Roche (Corinthians), Declan Geraghty (Crumlin), Michael Conlon (St John Bosco), Ruairi Dalton (Holy Trinity), Ryan Burnett (Holy Family)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan), Shane Cox (Gorey), Danny Coughlan (St Anne’s), Ryan Lindberg (Immaculata), Glen Murray (St Saviours OBA), Tyrone McCullough (Holy Family),Michael Stevens (Drimnagh)
60Kg: Michael Smyth (Caird Lodge), Jason Conroy (Crumlin), David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy), Eric Donovan (St Michael’s Athy), Gavin Keating (St Saviours OBA), Anthony Upton (Holy Family), Mark O’Hara (Holy Trinity), Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
64Kg: Philip Sutcliffe (Crumlin), Stephen Carroll (Drimnagh), Ross Hickey (Grangecon), Sonny Upton (Holy Family), James McDonagh (Dockers), Ray Moylette (St Anne’s)
69Kg: Niall Murray (Gorey), Fergal Redmond (Arklow), Paddy Gallagher (Gleann), Brian Brosnan (Crumlin), Graham Hogan (Crumlin),Martin Wall (Crumlin), Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy), Karl Brabazon (St Saviours OBA), Paul Upton (Holy Family), John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy),Adam Nolan (Bray), Stephen Donnelly (All Saints)
75Kg: Andrew Jennings (St Catherines), Paul McDonnell (Neilstown), Conor Coyle St Josephs), Shane Murtagh (Crumlin),Luke Keeler (Crumlin), Stephen O’Reilly (Twinstowns), Rory O’Donoghue (Watergrasshill), Darren O’Neill (Paulstown), Conrad Cummins (Holy Trinity), David Walsh (Holy Trinity), Jason Quigley (Finn Valley)
81Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown), Joe Ward (Moate), Sean Allen (Arklow), Patrick O’Shea (Sunnyside), Christy Joyce (St Michael’s Athy), Chris Devanney (Dockers), Danny O’Brien (St Lukes), Davey Joe Joyce (Ballincargy)
91Kg: David McGuire (Crumlin), Stephen Ward (Monkstown Antrim), Con Sheehan (Clonmel), Jimmy Sweeney (Drimnagh), Hughie Joyce (St Michael’s Athy), Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett)
91+Kg: Ken Okungbowa (Athlone), David Joyce (Moate), Sean Turner (Drimnagh), Tommy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy), Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity)
A six strong Holy Trinity BC entry from Belfast is headed by the experienced Cathal McMonagle, the current Irish super-heavyweight champ whilst Ruairi Dalton, Sean McComb, David Walsh, Mark O’Hara and Conrad Cummins will also represent the Belfast club in the event.
Club coach and experience Irish boxing manager, Michael Hawkins adds: “All the team are in good spirits. They have trained hard and prepared very well for this. They definitely won’t be in awe of anyone at the National Stadium and they are looking forward to the tournament” added Hawkins.
“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the draw and hopefully our lads can avoid each other. All the lads are experienced boxers. They have the experience of boxing at national and international level and they will be giving it 100% and are well prepared to give it a real go at the National Stadium.”
Some fascinating contests are in store for fans at the Stadium , none more so perhaps than the probable meeting again of European Gold Medallist Joe Ward and Kenny Egan in the 81kg classification. Who will forget that classic encounter won by Ward in the Senior Elite final? A chance for revenge for Olympic Silver medallist Egan here, if they meet. Ray Moylette, the European 64kg champion will be hoping for a seat on that Baku flight too but faces stern opposition from among others, Grangecon’s Ross Hickey.