Bray Boxing Club, Bray, County Wicklow.
Now, Katie. Hand over the Sharpie.
Pics by Aaron
Team Ireland athletes return home from the European Games in Minsk, Belarus, including pic 2, Grainne Walsh, who won a Bronze medal in boxing with her family members, from left: Joseph, Geraldine, Gerry, Mairead; Kurt Walker (pic 4), who won a gold medal in boxing with his sisters (pic 5), from left: Chloe, Niamh and Mia.
IBF World Super Bantamweight champion TJ ‘The Power’ Doheny,
TJ Doheny is the new IBF World Super Bantamweight champion after outpointing Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa in a unanimous decision at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Ryosuke was making his second defence of a belt once held by Carl Frampton and started well in the face of intense pressure, inflicting a deep cut under Doheny’s eye by the end of the second round.
…The Portlaoise southpaw took control from midway through the 12-round contest, however, repeatedly landing his jab and a succession of body shots.
Certain Minister Googling Furiously!
— noel (@nmaher36) August 16, 2018
Former OCI president Pat Hickey and boxer Michael Conlon
Johnny Watterson, in The Irish Times, reports:
An official Rio Olympics report from Irish boxing team manager Joe Hennigan claims that Irish management were informed during the boxing competition that fights at the games had been fixed.
It further claims that the medal hopes of one of our brightest prospects, Michael Conlan, were “gone” before he stepped into the ring.
The alarming claims were made in a three-page report, verified as authentic and seen by The Irish Times.
Hennigan, who was subsequently voted in as vice-president of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association in 2017, was given the information regarding fixing a day before Conlan was due to fight Russian opponent Vladmir Nikitin on August 16th. At the time Conlon was the World Amateur Bantamweight champion.
…Having been told the bout was already fixed, Hennigan describes his efforts to locate the then Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Pat Hickey in order to inform him and try to protect the interests of the Irish boxers.
[Hennigan in his report wrote] “…we tried on numerous occasions to see Pat Hickey to get him to intervene he was never available . . . I finally got to speak to him at an event the following day and explained the problem to him.”
…The OCI said they were unaware of any allegations of match-fixing and had not seen the boxing team manager’s report.
“The OCI is not aware of this report and yes would welcome a copy,” said a spokesperson. “The allegations of bout-fixing you refer to from the report are shocking.”
Former OCI president Pat Hickey could not be reached for comment.
An absolutely masterful graduation short by ISART Digital students Gabriel Amar, Louis Doucerain, Joseph Heu, William Marcere, Terence Tieu and Morgane Vaast, set to Franz Liszt’s ‘Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C Sharp Minor, S. 244’ performed by Lang Lang.
Irish boxer Michael Conlan
Ognian Georgiev writes:
After numerous controversial decisions at Rio Olympics, the AIBA has apperently benched seven of their most established referees/judges.
Mik Basi (Gbr), Kheira Sidi Yakoub (Alg), Michael Gallagher (Ire), Mariusz Gorny (Pol), Vladislav Malyshev (Rus), Gerardo Poggi (Arg) and Rakhymzhan Rysbayev (Kaz) were leading the clique that Fightnews dubbed The Magnificent Seven.
The Magnificent Seven were appointed on a full contract basis. They receive a monthly salary of $5000. The 5-stars referees received additional benefits, working around the world in WSB and APB fight nights…
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 16, 2016
Spaghetti Hoop writes:
Daylight robbery as Michael Conlan denied Olympic medal by more farcical judging. All three judges somehow went for his Russian opponent in the first and third rounds.
You’ll never beat the Irish.
Take that, sailing world.
Eat my sail.
A key factor in that turnaround is Billy Walsh, an easy-going 53-year-old native of Wexford, Ireland, who until last November was coaching his country’s national team.
In late 2014, seeking to bring in a new head coach with strong international experience, USA Boxing had approached Walsh, who in his 12 years at the helm had taken an Irish program that qualified just one boxer for the 2000 Games to seven Olympic medals and perennial honors in European and world championship tournaments.
“We did an international search,” says Michael Martino, executive director of USA Boxing, “and Billy Walsh was highly recommended. He had the experience, the temperament and the contacts and relationships throughout international amateur boxing.”
For his part Walsh—who began boxing at age seven in a Christian Brothers gym on Wexford Town’s Wolfe Tone Terrace and went on to represent Ireland as a welterweight in the 1988 Olympics—was intrigued. “I’d always said,” he recalls, “that if I ever left Ireland it would be for the sleeping giant of amateur boxing.”
….Martino is one of many now celebrating the results—even if mixing his sports metaphors in the process—saying, “I think we hit a homerun with Billy.”
*punches self in face*
Earlier: Meanwhile, In Rio
Previously: Billy Walsh on broadsheet