Wednesday 13 November 2019

Boxing: Sheehan shines after early setback

ROY SHEEHAN came from behind to overcome Bahamian southpaw Carl Hield at the AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Baku, Azerbaijan, yesterday.

The St Michael's Athy welterweight was 4-3 down after the first round, but rallied to claim the second 8-3 and then won the third 4-3 to secure a 15-10 decision to set up a last-32 meeting with Croatia's Borna Katalinic on Sunday.

Katalinic saw off the challenge of Cheng Chin Su of Chinese Taipei 14-10 yesterday.

"It was tentative first, but Roy had a fantastic second round to go 11-7 ahead," said Irish team manager Des Donnelly.

"That's two wins out of two now and hopefully we can maintain that run over the weekend."

Ray Moylette, Mayo's 2011 European light-welterweight gold medallist, begins his campaign this afternoon.

The St Anne's BC fighter is favoured to beat Arturs Ahmetous of Latvia to set up a last-32 showdown with either Valentino Knowles of the Bahamas or Manoj Kumar of India on Sunday.

Moylette, the 2008 AIBA World Youth lightweight champion, is itching to get started.

"I like boxing on the big stage, but to arrive on the big stage you have to box to your potential all the time," he said.

"My aim is to go out and box well and enjoy it. Hopefully, I will do enough to qualify for the Olympics.

"It's tough going. Nobody sees the background stuff that goes into it. The likes of Kenny Egan and Darren O'Neill have been at it for a lot of years and I take my hat off to them because there is nothing easy in it at all."

He added: "The preparation is unbelievable. I have been out of the country six or seven times this year at training camps and competitions. It's your job."

AIBA WORLD C'SHIPS / olympic qualifiers

RESULTS -- 69Kg (last 64): R Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) beat C Hield (Bahamas) 15-10.

TODAY -- 64Kg (last 64): R Moylette (St Anne's) v A Ahmetous (Latvia).

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