Monday 26 September 2016

O'Neill poised to make his WSB debut

Published 08/02/2016 | 02:30

Darren O’Neill. Photo: Sportsfile
Darren O’Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Darren O'Neil finished up a test match with Russia in Belfast yesterday ahead of his World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut for Venezuela against Russia this weekend.

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The 2012 Olympian flew out to Venezuela along with Irish coach Eddie Bolger early this morning.

Kilkenny heavyweight O'Neill is slated to box for the South Americans against Russia in Venezuela on Saturday against a opponent to be confirmed.

The Irish Elite champion needs two WSB fights to qualify for May's WSB versus AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Olympic qualifiers in Bulgaria.

Team Ireland, including World Elite champions Katie Taylor and Michael Conlan, are currently training with Russia and Ulster at the University of Ulster.

Ireland met Russia in a test match yesterday. The training camp finishes up on Friday.

Meanwhile, Ray Moylette lost on his APB debut in Turkey on Saturday.

The ex-European Elite champion, appearing in his first six-round fight, was beaten on a unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 60-54) by Gozgec Batuhan in Istanbul.

David Oliver Joyce will miss the Strandja and Gee Bee multi-nations in Bulgaria and Finland as he's signed with APB, but he will still be eligible for April's Olympic qualifiers in Turkey.

APB boxers are permitted to compete in regular amateur boxing as long as the tournament is part of an Olympic qualification process.

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