Ireland one down as Nevin turns pro

first_imgJohn Joe Nevin’s absence from the Ireland boxing squad for next month’s World Championships in Kazakhstan has left the nation without a representative in the bantamweight slot. The departure of world number one Nevin to the professional ranks is a big blow to the Ireland squad which hopes to surpass the one bronze – won by Nevin – at the last World Championships in Azerbaijan two years ago. Ireland head coach Billy Walsh said: “John Joe will obviously be difficult to replace. He’s ranked number one in the world and would have been seeded at number one in Kazakhstan. “But our focus is on the World Championships. John Joe is not going and the rest of the squad are, and they are our focus now.” The Ireland squad is headed by two London 2012 bronze medallists, light-flyweight Paddy Barnes and flyweight Michael Conlan – who is expected to follow Nevin into the professional ranks after the tournament. Walsh added: “The World Championships is always the toughest tournament – tougher than the Olympic Games. But if the team perform to their potential they are capable of doing well.” Ireland squad: Light-flyweight: Paddy Barnes; Flyweight: Michael Conlan; Lightweight: Sean McComb; Light-welterweight: Ray Moylette; Welterweight: Adam Nolan; Middleweight: Jason Quigley; Light-heavyweight: Joe Ward; Heavyweight: Tommy McCarthy; Super-heavyweight: Con Sheehan. Nevin was on the original list of 10 names lodged by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association with world governing body AIBA, but subsequently declared his intention to turn professional. Ireland attempted to replace Olympic silver medallist Nevin with Gary McKenna at 56kg – only for AIBA to then rule out the switch due to the deadline for registration having passed. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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NNL Boss Plaudits for Siasia Stadium Turf

first_imgOkenwa was however quick to add that the state government must put other facilities in place at the arena insisting that a few things are still lacking.“I have made my observations known to the authorities. There are a few other facilities that should be provided to make the stadium complete and ready for local and international matches,” Okenwa said.Bayelsa teams campaigning in the male and female leagues have over the years been playing away from home. But with the Samson Siasia Stadium now ready for use, the teams would stage a return home.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chairman of the nation’s second tier league, NNL, Offor Okenwa has described the Samson Siasia Stadium turf in Yenagoa as simply magnificent.Okenwa who was in the Glory Land to inspect the 10,000 capacity arena ahead of the new season said he was impressed with what he saw.“The pitch in Yenagoa is simply magnificent. It is world-class and I just hope other states would do what Gov Seriake Dickson has done. The contractor that did the job Monimichelle deserves a pat on the back. I am particularly happy that the pitch which is not only lush green but a FIFA approved geo-technology grass was done by an indigenous contractor.”last_img read more

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