Thursday 29 September 2016

I don't know how he lost, reveals Walsh after Nolan crashes out

Published 08/10/2015 | 02:30

Ireland head coach Billy Walsh says he was astounded that Adam Nolan was defeated at the World Elite Championships in Doha, Qatar
Ireland head coach Billy Walsh says he was astounded that Adam Nolan was defeated at the World Elite Championships in Doha, Qatar

Irish head coach Billy Walsh admitted that he was stuck for words immediately after Adam Nolan was adjudged to have lost to current European Elite welter champion Eimantas Stanionis at the World Elite Championships in Doha, Qatar.

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Stanionis was handed a split decision after three close rounds with the Wexford southpaw.

"I'm still stuck for words and that's not usually the case, I don't know how he lost," said Walsh.

"Work rate, aggression, punching. All the criteria, Adam had it. He had all those pieces today. I'm bewildered at how his opponent won the first round in particular.

"It's difficult to understand and hard to take. Adam can be very proud of his performance. We ask our boxers to leave everything in there and that is what he did."

Nolan later tweeted: "Thought I did enough earlier to beat the European champ. Fortunately its not a matter of life & death. Thanks to everyone for the support."

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Walsh, who is working Ireland's corner with Zaur Antia and Eddie Bolger, hailed Sean McComb's display after the Belfast southpaw beat Mexican lightweight Lindolfo Garcia-Delgado to advance to the last 16.

"He wasn't your typical Mexican fighter in that he was a skilful counter-puncher. It was a tricky one, lots of feints," added Walsh. "Sean brought a lot of intensity. He worked hard and it was a very good performance. We have another busy day tomorrow (Thursday) with three in action."

"Brendan (Irvine) is in against a very good Turk and Michael (O'Reilly) meets an Australian guy who was with us in training camp in Belfast."

"Michael (Conlan) has a tough one. His Brazilian opponent has been to two Olympics."

Irish Independent

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