The Olympic test boxing draw took this morning at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands – venue for the 2012 Olympic Boxing programme.
Kenny Egan will be the first Irish boxer in action here at Excel when he faces a quarter-final meeting against China’s Xuan Bao later tonight.
Tomorrow’s opening session will be devoted to action in the three Women’s Olympic events and in the absence of Katie Taylor, Ireland has no representative though the host nation will be looking for wins for Nina Smith, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall.
In Friday’s evening session, Declan Geraghty and David Oliver Joyce will be involved in quarter-final bouts. Geraghty meets Thai flyweight Norapoj Tetchkoom whilst Joyce will come up against Italian lightweight Donato Consenza.
At today’s draw, Belfast’s Conrad Cummings and Tommy McCarthy as well as Clonmel’s Con Sheehan got byes into Saturday’s semi-finals.
There, Cummings gloves off against Brazilian middleweight Esquiva Florentino whilst McCarthy meets Kazakh heavyweight titleholder Vassily Levit.
Tipperary super-heavyweight Sheehan comes ‘face-to-face’ with Morocco’s Muhammad Arjaoui,on Saturday evening, with a place in the 91Kg+ final the prize at stake.
Originally there were expected to be some 104 competitors here over the four days but with 92 boxers, (69 Men and 23 Women) ,at the venue, the draw has resulted in some byes.
The 21 competing nations? : Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, USA, Uzbekistan, Sweden and Thailand.
November 24th : Quarter-final
81Kg: Ken Egan (Ireland) v Xuan Bao (China)
November 25th Quarter-finals
51Kg: Declan Geraghty (Ireland) v Norapoj Tetchkoom (Thailand)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Donato Consenza (Italy)
November 26th Semi-Finals
75Kg: Conrad Cummings (Ireland) v Esquiva Florentino (Brazil)
91Kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) v Vassily Levit (Kazakhstan)
91Kg+: Con Sheehan (Ireland) v Mohammad Arjaoui (Morrocco)
56Kg: Declan Geraghty (Crumlin)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
75Kg: Conrad Cummings (Holy Trinity)
81Kg; Ken Egan (Neilstown)
91Kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett)
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel)