Barnes ranking takes nosedive
BELFAST'S Paddy Barnes has disappeared off the world rankings top table in the light-flyweight class, writes Bernard O'Neill.
The World Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) yesterday updated their world rankings -- the final update before the Olympics -- and 2010 European champion Barnes, who was ranked No 6 only last month, has vanished from the top-33 table in his division.
Barnes, a bronze medal winner at the last Olympics, Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlan, Adam Nolan and Darren O'Neill will represent Ireland in the boxing event at London 2012.
Four-time world champion Taylor, who turned 26 on Monday, is in No 1 spot -- a position she has occupied for the last six years.
IRELAND and Afghanistan will attempt to replay the first of two scheduled World Cup qualifiers at Clontarf today after steady rain forced an abandonment yesterday without a ball bowled.
The teams are then due to meet again tomorrow at the same venue as Ireland look to extend their lead at the top of the ICC World League.
A 13-strong Irish team will begin competition today at the European Junior Champion-ships in Antwerp, Belgium. The team, led by John Duffy as head coach and assisted by Paul Donovan and Sebastian Locteau, will compete until Sunday.
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