In brief: India pull out of Irish bout
Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00
Irish boxing chief Tommy Murphy has admitted that he is disappointed at India's decision not to travel to Ireland to take part in three internationals.
The Indian Boxing Federation informed the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) yesterday that due to unforeseen circumstances they would not be travelling.
"We were hoping to use these internationals as part of our build-up toward the European Championships and AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers," said IABA president Murphy.
Meanwhile, the IABA have named nine Elite champions in two squads for top international tournaments in Poland and Finland next week.
Ireland have chosen a strong quartet to go for glory in the European Nations Cup which begins in Sotogrande today.
Portstewart's Walker Cup hopeful Paul Cutler, Rathmore's Alan Dunbar, Rory Leonard from Banbridge and Ballymena's Dermot McEloroy join in the hunt for silverware in a competition formerly known as the Sherry Cup.
It is a four-day 72-hole contest at the Copa Real de Golf. England will be seeking their third successive title at Sotogrande.
Irish duo Barry King and Sam Barry both failed to build on solid first sets in the ITF Futures event in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
King edged the opener on a tie-break in his first round contest against Kye-Tae Im but the Korean stormed back to clinch a second-round place on a 6-7 (2/7) 7-5 6-0 scoreline.
Then 19-year-old Limerick youth Barry went down to his Indian opponent Rupesh Roy 5-7 6-3 6-4.
World No 11 Mark Allen lost 5-4 to Scotland's Marcus Campbell at the China Open, but fellow Ulsterman Gerard Greene overcame Yu Delu 5-2 in his wild-card game.