As August ends, good news from the A.I.B.A, the Amateur sports’ controlling body that five Irish male boxers now occupy positions in the Top Ten in the recently released rankings list whilst Katie Taylor continues as the Women’s No 1 lightweight, a position she has held since November 2006.The new rankings are based on all competition results from the AIBA’s tournaments over the past two years.
The Irish fighters included in the latest ‘top ten’ rankings are :- Paddy Barnes, Ray Moylette, John Joe Nevin, Darren O’Neill and Joe Ward.
Biggest mover is Moate’s Joe Ward who has moved up to number two at light-heavyweight while Nevin, Moylette, Barnes and O’Neill are ranked 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th respectively.
Other Irish boxers in the latest rankings lists include Barnes’ Holy Family GG club-mate Ryan Burnett, the 2010 Olympic Youth champ and World Youth silver medalist, and Willie McLaughlin,who are ranked 11th in the light-flyweight and welterweight classes. Ken Egan, who has only this month moved up to heavyweight, is at 13.
Biggest surprise perhaps is that Michael O’Reilly, who now competes at welterweight and who won silver at last weekend’s European Youth Championships, is ranked 36th at lightweight – a sign of how highly he is rated in world terms after so few Senior fights and most assuredly one to watch for the future..
Katie Taylor, the current World and European lightweight champion, has been ranked number one in the world in the AIBA rankings since November 2006.
AIBA World Rankings : (Irish boxers) :August 2011
8th – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
11th – Ryan Burnett (Holy Family)
52nd -Michael Conlon (St John Bosco)
52nd -Declan Geraghty (Corinthians)
4th – John Joe Nevin (Cavan)
24th – Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family)
16th – Eric Donovan (St Michael’s Athy)
36th – Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
6th – Ray Moylette (St Anne’s)
11th – Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG)
38th – Chris Blaney (Navan)
52nd – John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
9th – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
2nd: Joe Ward (Moate)