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Nevin Going For Gold

AMATEUR boxer John Joe Nevin faces one of the biggest fights of his career on Friday morning when he hit’s the ring to challenge England’s Luke Campbell for a place in the World Championship final.
The fleet-flooted bantamweight has already achieved one major goal by qualifying for the London Olympics next year through his performances at the championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
It is the second world championships in a row that Mullingar man Nevin has made it to the semi-final – marking him out as the first male Irish boxer in history to win two medals at world championships.
However the 22-year-old will be hoping to do even better than the bronze medal he achieved in Turkey two years ago by going on to claim gold.
The omens look good for Nevin, as the last time he faced Campbell he comprehensively beat him 13-2 in the 2009 European Union semi-final.
If Nevin wins again, then he will be in the final on Sunday against the winner of the other semi-final bout between Lazaro Estrada-Alverez and Anvar Yunusov of Tajikstan.
Two other Irish boxers – flyweight Michael Conlon and middleweight Darren O’Neill – have also qualified for next year’s Olympics by virtue of making the quarter-finals in their respective weight divisions.
However both missed out on reaching the medal stages in Baku by losing closely fought last-eight bouts.
Roy Sheehan could also qualify for the London Games if Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania beats Sapiyev Serik of Kazakhstan in the welterweight semi-final.
Sheehan, of the St Michael’s Athy BC, was beaten by Kavaliauskas in the last-16.
However, boxers losing out in the last-16 in eight of the weight categories from light-fly to light-heavy will qualify for the Olympics if they were beaten by the eventual finalists in those weight classes.

Boxers Prepare For Crucial World Championships

IRELAND’S elite squad of amateur boxers are putting their finishing touches to preparations for the crucial World Championships which begin next Monday.
This year’s championships, which are being held in Baku, Azerbaijan, also act as the first major opportunity for Irish boxers to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.
The Irish team have spent a week at a special training camp in Cologne, Germany, and will board a plane for Baku tomorrow (Wednesday) with high hopes of success.
Ireland has a proud tradition in Olympic boxing, winning 12 medals – more than in any other event.
The elite team competing at the World Championships this year have bags of experience and will be hoping to win medals at all weight divisions and, in doing so, secure their Olympic tickets.
Among the squad are heavyweight Kenny Egan and light-flyweight Paddy Barnes, who scooped a silver and bronze medal respectively at the last Olympics.
Egan, who won his silver medal at light-heavyweight in Beijing in 2008, has now moved up to the heavyweight division, due to the emergence of 19-year-old Joe Ward.
Ward became the first man in eleven years to defeat Egan at the Irish National championships in February and he followed that up by winning gold at the European Championships in June.
Elsewhere, Bantamweight John Joe Nevin will also be hoping to make it to his second Olympics on the trot.
Currently ranked at number four in the world in his weight division, Nevin will view the World Championships as his chance to nail down an Olympic spot.
Irish head coach Billy Walsh reckons that with Olympic qualification and World Championship medals up for grabs, competition in Baku will be intense.
“We’re happy where the squad are at at the moment. We’ve been in Cologne for over a week now and we’re looking forward to getting out of here and settling in Baku,” Walsh said.
“We’re less than a week away from the start of the World Championships and Olympic qualifiers now and that’s what it’s all about. That’s what we’re here for.”

The full Irish Squad for the 2011 AIBA World Championships & Olympic Qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan is:

49Kg: (Light-flyweight) – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family BC, Belfast)
52Kg: (Flyweight) – Michael Conlon (St John Bosco BC, Belfast)
56Kg: (Bantamweight) – John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)
60Kg: (Lightweight) – David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy BC, Kildare)
64Kg: (Light-welterweight) – Ray Moylette (St Anne’s BC, Mayo)
69Kg: (Welterweight) – Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy BC, Kildare)
75Kg: (Middleweight) – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown BC, Kilkenny)
81Kg: (Light-heavyweight) – Joe Ward (Moate BC, Westmeath)
91Kg: (Heavyweight) – Ken Egan (Neilstown BC, Dublin)
91Kg+: (Super-heavyweight) – Con Sheehan (Clonmel BC, Tipperary)