Monday 18 December 2017

Boxing - Stephen Ormond loses title shot over headbutts

Stephen Ormond in action
Stephen Ormond in action

Bernard O'Neill

DUBLIN lightweight Stephen Ormond lost a shot at the WBO World title after using his head in all the wrong ways in Wolverhampton on Saturday night.

The Clondalkin orthodox was shown boxing's equivalent of a red card in the 10th round of a see-saw eliminator for headbutting England's Terry Flanagan.

Ormond was docked a point in the ninth for excessive use of his head against the Manchester southpaw and the referee disqualified the defending WBO European champion in the next round after he ruled that Ormond had illegally used his head again.

Meanwhile, with the exception of John Joe Nevin, who has turned pro, Ireland's record-breaking 2012 Olympics team will be back together again for the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan.

London medallists Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan and fellow Olympians Adam Nolan and Darren O'Neill have all been named in the Irish squad.

The quartet join Olympic champion Katie Taylor, Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh on the Irish panel.

Taylor will be in a unique situation in Baku as this will be the first time in a decade that the World No 1 won't be defending a title.

Ireland's AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) fighters Joe Ward and David Oliver Joyce are also included in the battle-hardened team.

Ward and Joyce are both two wins away from qualifying for the Rio Games in 2016 in APB, while Barnes and Conlan are fighting to secure Olympic qualification through the World Series of Boxing.

The European Games will act as a qualifier for the AIBA World Championships, which in turn will be a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics, in Qatar in October.

Female boxers will get their first opportunity to qualify for Rio at the AIBA World Women's Championships in Kazakhstan early in 2016.

Elsewhere, Ireland's male and female elite, youth and junior boxers edged out Sweden 8-7 at the National Stadium on Saturday night.

 

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