Boxing: Nevin facing tough Paris debut against Italian Picardi
John Joe Nevin will line out for Paris in their opening clash away to Milan in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) tonight.
The Cavan bantamweight, a bronze medal winner at the 2009 AIBA World Championships, will meet 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vicenzo Picardi.
Paris, nicknamed Paris United, and Milan (Milano Thunder) are in a four-team European group which also includes Moscow (Kremlin Bears) and Istanbul (Istanbulls).
Eight other sides will battle it out in the Asian and Americas groups. The group winners and best runner-up will qualify for the play-off semi-finals next March.
Kenneth Egan is in line to make his debut for Miami against Los Angeles next Tuesday night in the Americas WSB. Miami also meet Memphis away this day week.
The three USA teams in the Americas group, which also includes Mexico City, have had their amateur classification turned down by the California, Florida and Tennessee States Commissions.
The Commissions are classifying the WSB, which is fully backed by amateur chiefs AIBA, as professional boxing. However, the decision will not affect the Olympic status of WSB boxers.
"How the World Series of Boxing or USA Boxing determines Olympic eligibility is up to them, but they're going to be classified as profess-ionals in California," said George Dodd, executive officer of the California State Athletic Commis-sion in the Sport Business Journal.
Meanwhile, recently crowned European super-bantamweight champ Willie 'Big Bang' Casey is backing his brother Myles to do the business at the National Intermediate Championships.
The Intermediates, which have attracted a record entry of nearly 200 boxers, start in the National Stadium in Dublin tonight and will run for the next three weekends.
Meanwhile, Katie Taylor led the ranks was at the top of the pile in the lightweight category when the first World female rankings were released yesterday.
Taylor commands the number one slot with 1,200 points. China's Cheng Dong, who Taylor beat in the last two World Championship finals, is in second with 800 points.
Former Irish Olympian Andy Lee has been added to the Wladimir Klitschko undercard in Germany on December 11, his Detroit Kronk team have confirmed.
Klitschko, who, along with his brother Vitali, is being called out by WBA champ David Haye, defends his WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles against Dereck Chisora at the SAP Arena in Mannheim.
Lee, who is being lined up to meet John Duddy in an all-Irish middleweight clash in New York in January, has been training with his cousin, Tyson Fury, at the Kronk ahead of his visit to Germany.