Thursday 17 October 2019

Boxing: Olympian trio hit top form

John Joe Nevin
John Joe Nevin

Bernard O'Neill

LONDON 2012 medallists John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan fired Ireland into a 3-0 lead in the 10-bout Elite international against France in Cork.

Barnes was 6-2 up after the first and wobbled Dylan Beccu on the ropes with a big right on the bell for the end of the second and the referee counted the French light-fly out.

Conlan was also in the top form, the St John Bosco flyweight producing a polished display en route to a landslide 25-10 decision over Samuel Kistohurry in the second bout of the session.

Nevin, who will move up to No 2 when the world rankings are updated this month, beat Elias Friha 14-6 over three three-minute rounds. The French bantamweight took a standing count in the third as the London 2012 silver medallist piled on the pressure.

Belfast lightweight Sean McComb made it 4-0 with a 43-40 countback verdict over Sopiane Oumiha following a 13-13 tie in the fourth bout on the programme.

Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather has dismissed suggestions that a year out of the ring has left him vulnerable against Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title showdown in Las Vegas tonight.

Mayweather has not fought since his unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto last May, and also served two months of an 87-day prison sentence for domestic abuse.

But he insisted: "I feel unbeatable. I'm in tip-top shape. You don't get to the pinnacle by not facing and fighting the best competition. I beat everybody in the '90s and I beat everybody in the 2000s, and here I still am 17 years later."

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