Thursday 12 December 2019

Conlan claims gold in Warsaw

Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao box during their WBO World Welterweight Title bout
Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao box during their WBO World Welterweight Title bout

IRELAND claimed two gold, one silver and three bronze medals in two multi-nation tournaments over the weekend. London 2012 bronze medallist Michael Conlan beat Polish bantam Sylwester Kozlowski on a unanimous decision in the 56kg final in Warsaw, while elite champion Hughie Myers beat Wales' Ashley Williams on a unanimous decision in the light-fly decider in Helsinki.

Dean Gardiner (silver), David Oliver Joyce (bronze) and Dean Walsh (bronze) also claimed medals in Warsaw, while Kurt Walker secured bronze in Helsinki.

* Andy Lee won his first fight since dropping down to light-middle with a razor-thin majority decision over France's Frank Horta in Denmark. Two of the judges scored the eight-rounder 77-76 for the Limerick southpaw, but a third marked it 76-76.

* Manny Pacquiao avenged his controversial 2012 loss to Timothy Bradley Jr with an emphatic decision win over the American in their WBO welterweight title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday. Pacquiao won the bout on all three judges' scorecards, outboxing and outworking Bradley over the 12 rounds to win back the title he lost in June 2012 – a fight most observers thought the Filipino had won comfortably.

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