Mullingar’s John Joe Nevin had to settle for Bronze today the AIBA World Championships reached the semi-final stages of the 56kg weight class in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The Irish Elite champion, who boxes out of the Cavan BC went out on countback after their fight had ended 12:12
This was always going to be a very close encounter as we said in yesterday’s preview and though Nevin had won 13-2 when last they met in Denmark in 2009, there was never going to be more than a point between them, either way.
Campbell got off to a better start and took the first round 4-3, although it was the Irish man who landed most of the cleaner shots. Nevin though made an even greater effort in round two and deservedly took that round 6-5 to … so it was 9-9 as the contest entered its dramatic third and decisive final frame. Could Nevin reach the final?
Nevin, landed the more telling punches in the third – it was always going to be close and one can but say that Nevin’s many body shots did not unduly impress the five judges, looking at the final scores.
Campbell, from the St Paul’s, ABC in Hull gained the upper hand in the middle of the third with a flurry of punches and that proved vital especially as in the final seconds neither man was willing to take a risk knowing that the fight was so finely balanced.
Alas for Nevin it was the Hull boxer who got the decision on count back and now meets the Cuban, Lazaro Alvarez in Saturday’s final.
Speaking later , Nevin, said he was devastated and that he believed he had done enough to win that last round. last round.
“I definitely thought I’d won the last round and so did my corner”. “I don’t know where they came up with 12-all. I’m devastated now, especially having beaten him before but I’ll be back and I’ll get him again.”
“This game can be cruel. I don’t know how I lost the fight but that’s the sport, every dog has his day.”
Irish head coach Billy Walsh also felt that Nevin had won the contest .
Further disappoint for the Irish team came when Lithuanian, Egildijus Kavaliauskas retired at the end of the 2nd in his welterweight semi-final against Sapiyev Serik of Kazakhstan.
Had Kavaliauskas won that bout, then Sheehan, who was beaten by the Lithuanian in the last-16, would have qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games..
Nevin, Darren O’Neill, of the Paulstown BC in Kilkenny, and Michael Conlan, of the St John Bosco BC in Belfast, had already qualified for the 2012 Olympics in the Azerbaijani capital by virtue of reaching the quarter-finals.
This has been a tournament dominated by the Ukranians, Russians and boxers from Kazakhstan however getting three qualified for the Olympics is a praiseworthy achievement for such a small country as Ireland and remember others may yet qualify from the 2012 European qualifying tournament in Turkey.
The Irish squad are scheduled to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 5.20pm Sunday.
Irish squad Flight details
BMI BD 928 09OCT Baku London Heathrow 1055 1300
BMI BD 129 09OCT London Heathrow Dublin 1600 1720
2011 AIBA World Men’s Championships Baku, Azerbaijan
October 5th – Quarter-finals
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) lost to Andrew Selby (Wales) 24-25
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Orzubek Shayimov (Uzbekistan) 19-17
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) lost to Ryota Murata (Japan) (afternoon) 9-18
October 7th – Semi-finals
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) lost to Luke Campbell (England) 12-12 count back
(no count back scores available)