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Boxing: 'Childish' Italians walk out

Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00

Ireland's international against Italy in Belfast on Sunday night was abandoned with seven bouts remaining after the Azzurri withdrew their team because they were unhappy with the judging, writes BERNARD O'NEILL.

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The Italians, who lost 7-5 at the National Stadium last Friday, threw in the towel after going 4-1 down at the Donegal Celtic club when World lightweight champion Dominico Valentino was beaten 8-4 by David Oliver Joyce after a thrilling conterst.

Two of the five judges were Italian and two of the other three -- Mike Gallagher and Seamus Kelly -- are three-star AIBA judges.

Sean Canavan, a member of the IABA's central council, blasted the visitors, claiming: "I've been involved in boxing since 1951 and I've never seen such childish behaviour. It was a despicable thing to do considering how well they had been treated here.

"Davy Oliver boxed superbly and was well worth his win -- as were the other Irish lads."

Irish Independent

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