Boxing: Nevin lands top award
JOHN JOE NEVIN and Katie Taylor collected the two top awards at the IABA annual ceremony in Dublin last night, WRITES BERNARD O'NEILL.
Beijing Olympian Nevin, from Cavan BC, landed the biggest prize -- the Anne Abette international achievement award -- after claiming a historic sixth medal (bronze) for Ireland at the 2009 World Championships in Milan.
Taylor had a double celebration as she was presented with the 'best boxer' award and the senior international achievement award, which she received jointly with the Irish EU squad.
The Bray-born world, European and EU champion claimed her fourth European title on the trot in the Ukraine without conceding a point.
Young guns Joe Ward, the world junior champion, and Jason Quigley, the reigning European youth champion, were also honoured.
Sixteen-year-old Ward won light-middleweight gold at the AIBA World Youth Championships in Armenia last year and is considered one of the hottest prospects in international boxing.
Quigley, from the Finn Valley club, won gold at the European Youth Championships in Poland and Germany.
The nine-man Irish senior team earned their gong by winning three gold, three silver and three bronze medals -- and the team of the tournament award -- at the EU Championships in Denmark last summer.
Con Sheehan, David Oliver Joyce and Darren O'Neil, who was presented with the best senior boxer award last night, won Ireland's three gold medals.
Michael Carruth, a gold medal winner at the 1992 Olympics, was inducted into the IABA Hall of Fame.