Olympic qualified boxers confirmed – Ireland rank very highly

Today the AIBA confirmed the qualification of the first 60 boxers for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The group, who qualified via the WSB, the APB, and the World Championships in Doha, include four Irishmen – Paddy Barnes (WSB – 49kg), Michael Conlan (World Championships – 56kg), Steven Donnelly (WSB – 69kg), and Joe Ward (81kg – World Championships).

Russia top the table with 8 boxers qualified, while 7 Cubans have their spots secured. Ireland then occupies joint third place with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Indeed Ireland has more boxers qualified than such nations as Azerbaijan (3), China (3), The USA (3), Ukraine (1), and our neighbours Great Britain (0).

A further 226 boxers will qualify next year via the Women’s World Championships, Continental qualifiers, a World qualifier, an APB/WSB crossover event, reserved places for Brazilian boxers, and wildcard entries for developing boxing nations.

For Ireland, attention will be focused on the Women’s World Championships in Kazakhstan (May), the European qualifier in Turkey (April), the World qualifier in Azerbaijan (June), and potentially the APB/WSB crossover event in Bulgaria (May).

The full list of qualified boxers is as follows:

1 46-49 Kg ARGILAGOS Joahnys M CUB
2 46-49 Kg BARNES Patrick M IRL
3 46-49 Kg EGOROV Vasilii M RUS
4 46-49 Kg LYU Bin M CHN
5 46-49 Kg ZHAKYPOV Birzhan M KAZ
6 52 Kg ALOIAN Misha M RUS
7 52 Kg CINTRON OCASIO Jeyvier Jesus M PUR
8 52 Kg EMIGDIO ABARCA Elias Eliseo M MEX
9 52 Kg KHARROUBI Achraf M MAR
10 52 Kg MAMISHZADA Elvin M AZE
11 52 Kg VEITIA SOTO Yosbany M CUB
12 56 Kg AKHMADALIEV Murodjon M UZB
13 56 Kg ASANAU Dzmitry M BLR
14 56 Kg CONLAN Michael John M IRL
15 56 Kg CRUZ GOMEZ Andy M CUB
16 56 Kg DJELKHIR Khedafi M FRA
17 56 Kg NIKITIN Vladimir M RUS
18 56 Kg ZHANG Jiawei M CHN
19 60 Kg ABDRAKHMANOV Berik M KAZ
20 60 Kg ABDURASHIDOV Adlan M RUS
21 60 Kg ALVAREZ ESTRADA Lazaro Jose M CUB
22 60 Kg BALDERAS JR Carlos Zenon M USA
23 60 Kg DONATO CONCEICAO Robson M BRA
24 60 Kg SELIMOV Albert M AZE
25 60 Kg TOJIBAEV Hurshid M UZB
26 64 KG CHADI Abdelkader M ALG
27 64 KG CURIEL GARCIA Raul M MEX
28 64 KG DUNAYTSEV Vitaly M RUS
29 64 KG GAIBNAZAROV Fazliddin M UZB
30 64 KG HARUTYUNYAN Artem M GER
31 64 KG MASUK Wuttichai M THA
32 64 KG TOLEDO LOPEZ Yasnier M CUB
33 69 Kg BAGHIROV Parviz M AZE
34 69 Kg DONNELLY Steven Gerard M IRL
35 69 Kg LIU Wei M CHN
36 69 Kg RABII Mohammed M MAR
37 69 Kg SIPAL Onur M TUR
38 69 Kg YELEUSSINOV Daniyar M KAZ
39 69 Kg ZAMKOVOY Andrey M RUS
40 75 Kg ABBADI Ilyas M ALG
41 75 Kg ABDIN Hosam M EGY
42 75 Kg CHEBOTAREV Artem M RUS
43 75 Kg JABLONSKI Tomasz M POL
44 75 Kg KILICCI Adem M TUR
45 75 Kg LOPEZ CARDONA Arlen M CUB
46 75 Kg MELIKUZIEV Bektemir M UZB
47 81 Kg BAUDERLIQUE Mathieu M FRA
48 81 Kg LA CRUZ PERAZA Julio Cesar M CUB
49 81 Kg MANFREDONIA Valentino M ITA
50 81 Kg ROUZBAHANI Ehsan M IRI
51 81 Kg SEP Hrvoje M CRO
52 81 Kg WARD Joseph M IRL
53 91 Kg GRAF David M GER
54 91 Kg LEVIT Vassiliy M KAZ
55 91 Kg RUSSO Clemente M ITA
56 91 Kg TISHCHENKO Evgeny M RUS
57 91+ Kg HRGOVIC Filip M CRO
58 91+ Kg NISTOR Mihai M ROU
59 91+ Kg PFEIFER Erik M GER
60 91+ Kg YOKA Tony M FRA

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie