The strength of Irish amateur boxing can be gauged by the fact that when the 2011 ‘Sat+Co’ AIBA World Boxing Championships (and Olympic Qualifying event) opens in Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday no less than seven of the 10 man Irish squad will be seeded.
In the draw made on Sunday, the first Irish competitor in the ring will be Belfast’s Michael Conlon who comes up against Moldova’s Alexandr Riscan on Tuesday 27th. The draw insofar as the Irish team is concerned. Remember that Baku is some 4 hours ahead of Irish time.
The seven Irish seeds, as revealed ,when the draw took place Sunday are:-
Joe Ward (2nd), John Joe Nevin (4th) , Ray Moylette (4th), Kenny Egan (6th), David Oliver Joyce (7th), Darren O’Neill (8th) and Paddy Barnes (8th).
Ken Egan, John Joe Nevin, Kenny Egan and Paddy Barnes all received byes in Sunday’s draw.
Bouts involving the Irish team:-
52Kg: (last 64) Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) v Alexandr Riscan (Moldova)
69Kg: (last 64) Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) v Carl Hield (Bahamas)
64Kg: (last 64) Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) v Arturs Ahmetous (Latvia)
75Kg: (last 64) Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) v Glodi Eneste (Norway)
60Kg: (last 64) David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) v Mohammad Momevad (Iran)
81Kg: (last 32) Joe Ward (Moate) v Dmitrov Stoimen (Bulgaria) or Abdurakhmonov Dilovasnoi (Tajikistan)
91+Kg: (last 32) Con Sheehan (Clonmel) v Faruth Kalonov (Tajikstan)
49Kg: (last 32) Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) v Mark Barriga (Philippines) or Stefan Caslarov (Romania)
56Kg: (last 32) John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Filip Barak (Slovakia) or Akhil Kumar (India)
91Kg: (last 32) Ken Egan ( Neilstown) v Jose Larduet (Cuba) or Lubas Velecky (Czech Rep)
Apart from any coverage to be announced by TV channels, you can watch ‘live’ coverage of the championships from the last 16 stage onwards on www.AIBAboxingTV.com and via www.youtube.com/aibaboxingtv
A new British sports channel will also cover the event FREE when they start operations later this week: http://www.gbsport.tv/
From the first day of the competition to the end of the preliminaries, you will be able to follow all bouts through the live scoring system via http://aiba.org/en-US/2011/2011WorldBoxingChampionships.aspx
Be aware though that due to a variety of reasons which includes government internet restrictions and TV rights restrictions, there will be instances for blocks to viewers in specific territories – which countries is not yet quiet clear though Germany and Sweden may be among those affected, it is understood. Viewers in Ireland and in the UK should NOT be affected by such restrictions.
Promoter Frank Warren’s new TV boxing channel BOX NATION commences operations on 30th Sept and the AIBA event will be televised from the quarter final stages onwards. This will be “free to air” to begin with via Sky Channel 456 (test programmes already showing) but will be “Pay Per View” (£10 per month) from end of the year onwards.
SportsNewsIreland will bring you regular updates from Baku.