Ireland’s Elite boxers beat France in tonight’s Round Robin head-to-head in Calais, France.
Ireland beat France 3-2 in tonight’s Round Robin head-to-head in Calais, France.
London 2012 Olympians Michael Conlan and John Joe Nevin fired Ireland into a 2-0 lead with wins over Nordine Ouballi and Mamadou Bahily.
The Conlan versus Ouballi duel was a repeat of the 2011 AIBA World Senior Championships clash which the Belfast flyweight – who has won three bouts in three days in Calais – won to secure a place at the 2012 Olympics.
Ross Hickey extended Ireland’s advantage to 3-0 with a hard-fought 15-13 decision over Ladjali Malik in the light-welterweight class.
Adam Nolan, who has also qualified for London 2012, lost out by a two-point margin to Chabone Fahim from a tough welterweight battle
Steven Ward was also also involved in a hard contest, the Antrim heavyweight losing a see-saw clash to Aboulaye Diane 15-13.
Joe Ward had been targeting his third win in Calais but his three-rounder with Diabra Bakiri class was cancelled.
“Michael, John and Ross had three good wins tonight and Adam and Steven were in against two tough opponents. It was a good night and the lads performed well,” said Irish team manager Des Donnelly
The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 10am tomorrow (Sunday June 10th).
Round Robin (France, Germany, Ireland, Morocco) Calais France
Results June 9th
52kg: Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Nordine Ouballi (France) 18-16
56kg: John Joe Nevin (Ireland) beat Mamadou Bahily (France) 17-8
64kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) beat Ladjali Malik (France) 15-13
69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) lost to Chabone Fahim (France) 14-16
81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Diabra Bakiri (France) (Cancelled)
91kg: Steven Ward (Ireland) lost to Aboulaye Diane (France) 13-15
Results June 8th
49kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) beat Darra Abdelali (Morocco) 13-12
52kg: Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Aboubakr Seddik Lbida (Morocco) 16-16 c/b
56kg: John Joe Nevin (Ireland) lost to Rachid Azzedine (France) 11-15
64kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) lost to Artjam Daschyan (Germany) 12-14
69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) lost to Marutjan Arajk (Germany) 9-13
75kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Denis Radovan (Germany) 8-7
81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Kevin Kunzel (Germany) 12-5
(No countback scores available)
Results June 7th.
52kg: Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Elie Konki (France) 15-11
56kg: John Joe Nevin (Ireland) lost to Artur Schmitd (Germany) 12-13
60kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Rachid Azzedine (France) 7-11
69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Mehdi Khalsi (Morocco) 10-5
75kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) beat Badr-Eddine Haddioui (Morocco) 8-7
81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Amhed Barki (Morocco) 13-1
Irish squad Round Robin Calais France June 6th/9th
49kg Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52kg Michael Conlan (St John Bosco)
56kg John Joe Nevin (Cavan)
60kg David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
64kg Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69kg Adam Nolan (Bray)
75kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
81kg Joe Ward (Moate)
91kg Steven Ward (Monkstown)
Team manager: Des Donnelly
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, Jimmy Halpin
R&J: Paul McMahon
Physio: Scott Murphy