Archive for October, 2010
Irish Boxing News
BY BERNARD O’NEILL (IABA PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER)
Ireland’s Christine Gargan and Katie Rowland had to settle for silver from today’s European Youth & Junior Championships finals in Calais, France.
Gargan, from the St Georges BC in Belfast, was beaten 12-1 by Svetlana Dmitrieva of Russia in the 46Kg Junior final.
And Geesala BC flyweight Rowland, a five time Irish champion, was agonisingly edged out on a razor thin 10-9 count-back by Russia’s Victoriya Kuleshava following a 4-4 tie in the 51Kg Youth final.
Nicole Meli, Mikela Walsh, Sarah Close and Clare Grace all claimed bronze at the tournament to ensure that Ireland’s 10-strong squad secured a very impressive haul of six medals from France.
Speaking after today’s finals, Irish coach Pat McDonagh, who was working Ireland’s corner along with John McCormack, said that the girls in green had done Irish boxing proud.
“I thought that Katie did enough to win her final today, but it just didn’t go our way and to tell the truth we’re gutted, said McDonagh, who is Rowland’s coach at the Geesala BC in Mayo. “Katie was absolutely brilliant. She kept pushing forward and she never took a backward step.
“I thought she’d get it when it went to a count-back, but it unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Katie and Christine and the entire Irish squad can be very proud of the way they represented Ireland in France.
“This is their first major international tournament and to be bringing home six medals speaks for itself.Every member of the squad showed tremendous heart and courage and they can be very proud of what they have achieved against some of the best in the world at this level.
“Our girls also showed that Irish women’s boxing is now a force to be reckoned with internationally. The medals are a bonus – a very welcome bonus. To win two silver and four bronze medals at this level is a magnificent achievement by any standard.”
The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin airport tomorrow afternoon. Flight times will be confirmed shortly.
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WSB – Results: Kazakhstan’s Astana Arlans overran their opposition the Turkish Istanbulls at the inauguration of the first exhibition test match between two teams from the WSB franchises. The event was held in occasion of the AIBA congress which is being held in Kazakhstan.
The home side put on a spectacular boxing display at the Almaty Sports Palace this evening, dominating all five of the weight categories to secure a 5-0 victory in the first-ever World Series of Boxing bout.
WSB Report: Sunday, 31 October 2010 – Kazakhstan, Almaty.
Opening the proceedings with a short speech, AIBA President C. K. Wu said that “the World Series of Boxing is a key element in AIBA’s vision for the future development of boxing. It will help boxers with their careers; it will provide a return on investment for the national federations who nurture its boxers; but most importantly it will change the perception of boxing.”
After Bagad Alimbekov took the opening victory in the 54kg bantamweight category, Yerzhan Mussafirov buoyed the Astana Arlans team even further with a technical knock-out against Mehmet Topçakan of the Istanbulls in the second round of the 61kg lightweight contest. Topçakan picked up two standing counts in the round, which requires the referee to stop the contest under the WSB competition rules.
“The first round was quite tough because I didn’t know my opponent,” Mussafirov said. But after the second round it started to get easier. In the second round he [Topçakan] seemed more tired and more open for me.”
The 73kg middleweight division saw a return to the ring for Kazakhstan’s Olympic Champion Bakhyt Sarsekbayev, who cruised to an easy victory over the Istanbulls’ team captain Onur Şipal. Sarsekbayev had little time for covering defence and seemed at ease in the ring.
“In a few years’ time, I think this is going to be a massive tournament,” Sipal said. “I was fighting against a champion and I will never forget this moment because I have written a piece of history. It was difficult to move up from 64kg and October was a very busy month for me with eight matches, including the World University Championships in Mongolia and the national championships in Turkey.”
Ghana’s Maxwell Amponsah enjoyed the vociferous backing of the home crowd as he put in a stylish performance to dismiss Onder Ozgül. Amponsah seems to have adapted well to life in Kazakhstan and even had a few Russian words ready for the local journalists.
“I’m happy that I won,” he said. “My opponent came here to fight and came at me with hard punches. I need more training because I’m hoping to win my fights. I’m not hoping to knock my opponents out, but I do need to train harder.”
In the fifth and final bout of the evening in the 91+kg heavyweight division, Serbian heavyweight Milutin Stankovic rounded off the strong start for the home team with a unanimous decision from the judges.
Source: WSB – World Series of Boxing
Photo Credit: WSB
Geale stops Karmazin
IBF#5 Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) moved closer to a IBF middleweight title shot when he stopped IBF#3 Roman Karmazin (40-4-2, 26 KOs) in round twelve of IBF elimination contest at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Geale outworked Karmazin in most of the rounds as he consistently connected with accurate combinations on his taller opponent.
Zappavigna destroys Ji-Hoon Kim
In the co-feature, IBF #9 lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (25-0,17KO’s) dropped IBF#3 Ji-Hoon Kim (21-7,18KO’s) of Goyang City , South Korea, twice in round one and Kim was in no condition to defend himself when referee Wayne Kelly saved him from further punishment at 1.41 of in a second IBF elimination bout.
The inaugural season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) will kick off in less than a month, and all four of the Americas franchises have finalized their official team names and identities. The four team names showcase the unique personalities of each of the squads, which are located in Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami and Mexico City.
“All four American teams have chosen identities that reflect the strength of their teams and the communities in which they are based,” World Series of Boxing Americas Managing Director Eric Parthen said. “We look forward to kicking off the season in less than a month and showcasing the skills and talents of our outstanding boxers.”
Video: Kurt Freitag – Via Youtube
“The Tijuana Tornado” demonstrates the skills Manny Pacquiao will face when they meet on November 13
as he works the pads with trainer Robert Garcia at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California.