Monday 19 February 2018

Rio Olympian Brendan Irvine crashes out of AIBA World Championships with memorable defeat to Kim

Brendan Irvine of Ireland during an IABA Boxing open training session at the Institute of Sport in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Brendan Irvine of Ireland during an IABA Boxing open training session at the Institute of Sport in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Rio Olympian Brendan Irvine has been eliminated from the World championship losing his debut fight in Hamburg against impressive Korean bantamweight Inkyu Kim on a unanimous 5-0 decision.

In an all action contest Irvine's fate was probably already sealed when he got caught with a near perfect right as he tried get off the ropes which put him on the canvass less than a minute from the end of a memorable contest.

He survived the count and countered himself before the finish but the judges were swayed by Kim's slightly busier style. His right jab scored regularly and he punished Irvine with body shots in the second, though Irvine responded in fashion.

The Belfast boxer was also down in the first round but the referee ruled it a slip.

However, the fact that this was the Irishman's first fight at the championships told against him as some of his shots lacked accuracy. While one judge gave him one round, it was a comfortable win for Kim, a southpaw, with the four other ringside officials giving him the contest on a 30-27 score. Irvine was too upset immediately after the contest to speak to the media.

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