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Kelyn Cassidy Defeats Olympian to Move to Within One Win of World Championships medal

Kelyn Cassidy has moved to within touching distance of a World Championship medal.

The Waterford light heavyweight’s quick rise to prominence continued in Serbia tonight as he progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Championships – and beat an Olympian to do it.

The St Saviors/ Crystal beat Tajikistan’s Shabbas Negmatulloev on a unanimous decision to move into the last 16 of his first Elite International tournament.

Cassidy lost the first round 3-2 but showed real metal to win rounds two and three 4-1 to progress.

He’ll now meet an opponent to be confirmed tomorrow and is just one win away from at least bronze at the 105-nation tournament.

The win not only moves Cassidy closer to a very hard-to-secure World’s medal it also boosts his Paris Olympic hopes. It earns the Deise the kind of funding that should allow him to train full time for 2022 at the very least.

IBA World Elite Championships Belgrade Serbia

October 25th (Last 64)

67kh Eugene McKeever (Ireland) lost to Asadhuja Muydinkhajaev (Uzbekistan) 0-5

October 26th (Last 32)

51kg Sean Mari (Ireland) lost to Aitila Bernath (Hungary) 1-4

Last 64

63kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Gianluligi Malanga (Italy) 0-5

October 27th (Last 64)

60kg JP Hale (Ireland) lost to Semiz Alicic (Serbia) 0-5

October 28th (Last 32)

57kg Adam Hession (Ireland) lost to Eduard Savvin (Russia Boxing Federation) 1-4

October 30th Last 32)

48kg Rickey Nesbitt (Ireland) lost to Nodrjon Mirakhmador (Uzbekistan) 0-5

80kg Keylan Cassidy (Ireland beat Arriaga Olvera (Mexico) 5-0

November 1st

80kg Keylan Cassidy (Ireland) beat Shabbas Negmatulloev (Tajikistan) 5-0

Novermeber 2nd


80kg Keylan Cassidy (ireland) v TBA

Irish squad

48 kg. Ricky Nesbitt (Holy Family)

51 kg. Sean Mari (Monkstown)

57 kg. Adam Hession (Monieva)

60 kg. JP Hale (Star)

63kg. Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)

67 kg. Eugene McKeever (Holy Family)

80 Kg. Kelyn Cassidy (St Saviors/ Crystal)

IABA President, Dom O’Rourke

Team manager, Peter O’Donnell

Coaches, Zaur Antia, Dmitry Dimitruk, Eoin Pluck

Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: