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Boxing: McKenna answers Irish call as pro-bound Nevin replaced for elite Kazakhstan showpiece

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Published 24/09/2013 | 05:00

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John Joe Nevin has signalled his intention to turn pro
John Joe Nevin has signalled his intention to turn pro

THE Irish Amateur Boxing Association have named a full 10-man squad for next month's AIBA World Men's Elite Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Monaghan's Gary McKenna has been named at bantamweight, replacing London 2012 silver medallist John Joe Nevin, who has signalled his intention to turn pro.

Nevin would have been seeded No 1 for the central Asian championships but is expected to switch codes by the end of the month. Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions are leading the chase for his signature.

London 2012 bronze medallists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will wear the Irish light-fly and flyweight vests, while Joe Ward and Ray Moylette line out at light-heavy and light-welter.

Current European Elite champion Jason Quigley, Sean McComb, Adam Nolan, Tommy McCarthy and Con Sheehan have also been named in the team.

The Irish team fly out to Kazakhstan next Sunday to train with the host nation in central Asia ahead of the official start of the championships on October 11.

Meanwhile, Amy Broadhurst and Ciara Sheedy advanced to the junior last-eight of the World Women's Youth and Junior Championships in Bulgaria yesterday. Christine Desmond won in the youth class, but Lycia Heneghan and Grainne Gavin bowed out.

Irish Independent

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