Saturday 1 October 2016

Irish welterweight Steven Donnelly 'over the moon' after securing place in last 16 with outstanding display in Rio

Tom Rooney

Published 07/08/2016 | 18:28

Steven Donnelly of Ireland celebrates after defeating Zohir Kedache of Algeria in their Welterweight preliminary round of 32 bout in the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena Cardy/Sportsfile
Steven Donnelly of Ireland celebrates after defeating Zohir Kedache of Algeria in their Welterweight preliminary round of 32 bout in the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena Cardy/Sportsfile

Following a difficult week for Irish boxing in Rio, Steven Donnelly provided some welcome relief as he booked his place in the last 16 of the welterweight bracket with a relatively routine unanimous victory over Algeria’s Zohir Kedache .

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With the din of Michael O’Reilly’s failed drugs test ringing in the ears of Irish sport, Ballymena native Donnelly seamlessly resorted some of the feel-good factor for Team Ireland at the Riocentro Pavillion

The first of the Irish boxers to compete at the Games in Rio, Donnelly gave a bravura display against Kedache, blending speed and accuracy with equal measure.

The 27-year-old controlled the bout from bell to bell and moves on to the next round where he will meet Mongolia’s Tuvshinbat Byamba in the last 16 on Thursday.

Donnelly sounded more appeared both relieved and overjoyed by the victory.

"Always good to get the first one out of the way. Over the moon with the performance," he said.

David Oliver Joyce is next up for Ireland and will enter the ring at approximately 9.30.

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