Tough test on cards for Ward
WHEN it comes to the Chemistry Cup, Irish champion Joe Ward attracts the cream of Elite boxing, WRITES BERNARD O'NEILL.
Ward will meet Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov, the AIBA World No 1-ranked light-heavy, in today's 81kg final in Halle, Germany.
"The Kazakh lad and Joe were seeded No 1 and No 2 going into this tournament and we were expecting this final," said Irish head coach Billy Walsh.
David Oliver Joyce progressed to today's lightweight final after beating Bulgaria's Elian Dmitrov, but Stephen Donnelly lost to German welter Abass Baraou.
Ireland's five-strong squad for the European Women's Championships will know their opponents after this morning's draw in Romania.
Katie Taylor is aiming for her sixth successive lightweight title in the Bucharest event, which gets under way this afternoon.
US-based Irishman Paul O'Shea earned high praise from his American rivals after winning the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon riding Primo de Revel.
The Limerick showjumper joined eight top US riders in the second-round jump-off and left them all floundering in his wake.
At the Global Champions Tour fixture in Hamburg, Michael Duffy recorded a hat-trick of wins. Riding Irish-bred mare Westland Ruby, he won the opening class, and then the first Derby Qualifier on Thursday before coming out to top the second Derby Qualifier again yesterday.
The 19-year-old from Galway will not compete in today's leg of the Global series in which Ireland will be represented by Cameron Hanley, Billy Twomey, Shane Breen and Denis Lynch.
Gavin Moynihan shared fifth place at the Scottish Amateur Open after a one-under-par 69 in yesterday's first round at Panmure Links.
The Island star was four behind leader Geoff Drakeford after a flawless 65 by the Aussie.
Cormac Sharvin and Richard O'Donovan were tied 21st after 71s. Jack Hume shot 72; Reeve Whitson opened with 73 and Dermot McElroy signed for a 74.
Meanwhile, Ballybunion's Emma O'Driscoll will attempt to consolidate her sparkling start to the season when she lines up in the St Rule Trophy over the New Course at St Andrews today.
Castleroy's Chloe Ryan is also in the line-up, as is Sinead Sexton.