World Championships Day 4 Preview

Two Irish fighters are in action today at the World Championships in Doha, with Joe Ward and Sean McComb both aiming to make it through to the quarter finals of boxing’s toughest tournament.

With three out of three already through to the medal-deciding bouts, the Belfast lightweight and Westmeath light heavy will seek to join them, but both have exceedingly tough fights.

First up in the afternoon session is Joe Ward at 2:45pm (Irish time). The big Moate man faces Oleksandr Khyzniak of the Ukraine. It will be the first bout of the tournament for the Irishman who received a bye through the first round, and he will need to start very quick against the 2012 World Youth champion. Ward’s odds of 1/6 therefore are ridiculously short for what is a very tough bout.

At 5:30pm (Irish time) it is the turn of Belfast’s Sean McComb. Siúcra Sean renews hostilities with Azeri legend Albert Selimov who beat him in the semis of the European Games. Long, quick, and awkward southpaw McComb gave Selimov one of his toughest fights back in Baku and we are backing the 7/4 Holy Trinity man to pull off an upset this evening.

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Joe O'Neill

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