Thursday 23 November 2017

Boxing: Nolan lays down law to march into last-16 clash

Nolan: Impressive debut
Nolan: Impressive debut

ECUADOR'S Carlos Daniel Sanchez-Estacio fought the law last night and the law won.

Irish welterweight Adam Nolan, a Garda, made it three wins in-a-row for Irish boxing with a 14-8 decision over Sanchez-Estacio at the ExCel Arena last evening.

The Wexford native, who boxes out of the Bray boxing club under Pete Taylor, will now meet either China's Qiong Maitituersun or Russia's Andrey Zamkovoy in the last 16 on Friday evening. Nolan, boxing comfortably behind his raking right jab, took the first frame 6-3 and, using much the same tactics in the second, stretched that lead to 11-6 by the end of the second. Sanchez-Estacio had a fine third round and hurt Nolan with a big left, but the Irish Elite champion was never going to be denied on his Olympic debut.

Meanwhile, John Joe Nevin, who outclassed Denmark's Dennis Ceylan on Saturday, will be the next Irish boxer in action. The orthodox-punching Cavan BC bantamweight faces Kazakhstan's Kanat Abutalipov in the last-16 on Wednesday.

Abutalipov qualified for London 2012 through the AIBA World Series of Boxing (WSB) Individual Series after beating Nevin's Paris United team-mate Nordine Ouballi in 2011.

Nevin, who helped United win the inaugural WSB Team Championships in 2011, beat the Kazakh southpaw 15-2 in the semi-finals of the AIBA President's Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2009.

Irish team captain Darren O'Neill, who also won last Saturday, Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes, who both received byes into the last 16, and Nolan, will be between the ropes Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Number one seed Katie Taylor will meet either Great Britain's Natasha Jonas or America's Queen Underwood in the lightweight quarter-finals on August 6.

If Taylor wins that bout, she will be guaranteed at least bronze and Irish boxing will have secured its 13th Olympic medal since John McNally won silver at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

Irish Independent

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