IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
John Joe Nevin will be taking home at least a bronze medal from the AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
But Darren O’Neill lost out in his quest for the medal following an 18-9 quarter-final reversal to Ryota Murata of Japan.
Nevin, 22, a bronze medal winner at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan, came from behind to beat Orzubek Shayimov of Uzbekistan 19-17 in this morning’s bantamweight quarter-final.
He’ll now meet England’s Luke Campbell in the semi-finals on Friday.
Nevin, who secured qualification for the 2012 Olympics by virtue of reaching today’s quarter-final, beat Campbell 13-2 in the semi-finals of European Union Championships in Denmark in 2009. Nevin won silver in the tournament.
Campbell, who boxes out of the St Paul’s ABC in Hull, won gold at the 2008 European Championships in Liverpool.
Nevin was three points down (7-4) down versus Shayimov today but reduced the deficit to two points (11-9) at the end of the second before putting in yet another big final round to claim
a 19-17 victory and his second podium finish at an AIBA World Championships.
Meantime, Nevin has now become the only male (Katie Taylor has won three gold medals at AIBA World Championships level) boxer to win two medals at the AIBA World Senior Championships in the 100-year history of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.
Kilkenny southpaw O’Neill, who also secured Olympic qualification by virtue of reaching the last eight, was 3-2 behind at the end of the first versus Murata, who eliminated two-time World champion, Abbos Atoyev of Uzbekistan, in the preliminaries.
Murata stretched that lead to 13-10 at the bell for the end of the second en route to victory.
“I had a good campaign here and I was looking forward to getting into this fight. I came to the World Championships hoping to qualify for the Olympics Games. I’ve done that.
I’m obviously very disappointed with today, but on the day he was a better boxer. His game plan worked,” said the Irish 2012 Olympian following today’s defeat.
Michael Conlan will be in action later this afternoon. Boxing begins at 3pm (Irish time).
2011 AIBA World Men’s Championships Baku, Azerbaijan
52Kg: (last 64) Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Alexandr Riscan (Moldova) 25-12
69Kg: (last 64) Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) beat Carl Hield (Bahamas) 15-10
64Kg: (last 64) Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) beat Arturs Ahmetous (Latvia) 16-11
October 1st (last 64)
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) beat Glodi Eneste (Norway) 16-5
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Mohammad Momevand (Iran) 23-11
October 2nd (last 32)
52Kg:Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Olzhas Sattibayev (Kazakhstan) 18-17
64Kg: Ray Moylette (St Anne’s) lost to Manoj Kumar (India) 7-19
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) beat Borna Katalinic (Croatia) 21-17
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) beat Dilovarsho Abdurakhmanov (Tajikistan) 22-4
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel) beat Faruth Kalonov (Tajikistan) RSC2
October 3rd (last 32)
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) lost to Mark Barriga (Philippines) 12-20
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Akhil Kumar (India) 21-14
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) beat Mohammad Khaiber (Afghanistan) 26-13
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) beat Mohamad Hikal (Egypt) 15-13
91Kg: Ken Egan (Neilstown) lost to Jose Gomez Larduet (Cuba) RET3
October 4th (Last 16)
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) beat Nordine Oubaali (France) 20-17
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu (Mongolia) 18-18 count back
69Kg: Roy Sheehan (St Michael’s Athy) lost to Egidijus Kavaliauskas (Lithuania) 7-11
60kg; David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy) lost to Jai Bhagwan (India) 30-32
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) beat Mladen Manev (Bulgaria) 19-12
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate) lost to Ehsan Rouzbahani (Iran) 15-15 count back
91+Kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel) lost to Roberto Cammerelle (Italy) RET3
(No count back scores available)
October 5th – Quarter-finals
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco) v Andrew Selby (Wales) (evening)
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) beat Orzubek Shayimov (Uzbekistan) 19-17
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown) lost to Ryota Murata (Japan) (afternoon) 9-18
October 7th – Semi-finals
56Kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan) v Luke Campbell (England)