The IABA have lodged a protest on behalf of Moate BC light-heavyweight Joe Ward in Trabzon, Turkey.
The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have lodged a protest at the result of Joe Ward’s last-16 bout with Bahran Muzaffer of Turkey tonight.
Muzaffer was controversially adjudged to have beaten Ward 18-15 in tonight’s light-heavyweight clash at the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers in Trabzon.
IABA President Tommy Murphy, who said he believed that Ward clearly won the contest, confirmed that the protest had been lodged.
It is expected that protest will be heard tonight.
Earlier this evening, Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy convincingly beat Copla Alem (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 12-3 to progress to the quarter-finals.
But Tipperary super-heavyweight Con Sheehan bowed out following a 17-12 reversal to Muhammer Erkan Aci of Turkey.
MacCarthy, who needs to win gold in Trabzon to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, will meet Josepf Darmos (Hungary) on Wednesday.
In the afternoon session, Ireland experienced contrasting fortunes with Adam Nolan advancing but Ross Hickey losing out in Trabzon.
Bray BC welterweight Nolan, who will qualify for London if he reaches the 69kg final, posted a 14-9 decision over Poland’s Thomasz Kot.
But Hickey, who boxes out of the Grangecon BC, lost 24-11 to impressive Moldovan light-welterweight Dimitri Galagot.
Hickey’s reversal means that Ireland will not be represented at light- welterweight at the 2012 Olympic Games as the Trabzon tournament is the final Olympic qualifier for European (male) boxers.
Nolan will now meet Tamerlan Abdullayer of Azerbaijan in the last-eight on Wednesday. Abdullayer edged out Simeon Chamov (Bulgaria) on a countback this afternoon.
AIBA European Olympic Qualifiers Trabzon, Turkey
April 15th (Evening) (last 32)
60kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Joe Cordina (Wales) RET3
81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Kennedy Katende (Sweden) 16-6
April 16th (Afternoon) (last 16)
64kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) lost to Dimitri Galagot (Moldova) 11-24
69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Thomasz Kot (Poland) 14-9
April 16th (Evening) (last 16)
81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) lost to Bahran Muzaffer (Turkey) 15-18 (subject of a protest)
91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) beat Copla Alem (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 12-3
91+kg: Con Sheehan (Ireland) lost to Muhammet Erkan Aci (Turkey) 12-17
April 17th (Evening) (last 16)
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Istvan Ungvari (Hungary)
60kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Arthur Bril (Germany)
April 18th (Afternoon) Quarter-final
69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) v Tamerlan Abdullayer (Azerbaijan)
91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) v Josepf Darmos (Hungary)
49kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG)
60kg; David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
64kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)
81kg: Joe Ward (Moate)
91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett)
91+kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel)