Irish bookmaking giants Paddy Power have released odds ahead of next weeks AIBA World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Mostly, the odds emphasise the enormity of the task at hand for Irish boxers trying to win gold – an achievement that has yet to be obtained since the inceprtion the tournament. Nevertheless, the Irish team will pay no heed to the thoughts of the bookies and will be fully confident of claiming gold, and Olympic qualification – and putting a bit of cash in our pocket.
Belfast light flyweight (49kg) Brendan Irvine can be had at 15/2, with Paddy Barnes’s WSB rival, Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan, the favourite at 9/4.
At bantamweight (56kg) Ireland team captain Mick Conlan is the hot favourite at 7/4, ahead of a field that includes his European Championships final opponent, Qais Ashfaq, at 6/1.
Ireland’s third Belfast boxer, lightweight (60kg) Super Sean McComb is an appealing 14/1. Further up the slip, his European Games conqueror Azerbaijan’s Albert Selimov is 7/4, just behind Cuban Lazaro Alvarez at 6/4.
At light welterweight (64kg) the ever-improving Dean Walsh is a 20/1 outsider with Cuba’s Yasnier Toledo the runaway favourite at just 5/4.
Wexford welterweight (69kg) Adam Nolan is 14/1, with his European Games defeater Josh Kelly at 10/1, both behind favourite Parviz Baghirov of Azerbaijan at 2/1.
Middleweight (75kg) Michael O’Reilly is third favourite in his bracket. The European Games champ can be had at 3/1, behind Arlen Lopez of Cuba and Petr Khamukov of Russia (both 7/4).
Joe Ward is also third-favourite up at light heavyweight (81kg). Also 3/1, Ward sits behind Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan at 5/2, and Julio De La Cruz – who beat Ward in the semis of the 2013 Worlds – at 7/4.
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