Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sport in Brief: Boxing - AIBA reject Irish appeal

John Joe Nevin had been originally selected on the Irish boxing team
John Joe Nevin had been originally selected on the Irish boxing team


IRELAND will send a nine-strong squad to next month's AIBA Elite World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan and not 10 as planned.

Gary McKenna (Old School BC) is out after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) turned down an appeal by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) for his late registration.

The deadline for entries for the World Elite Championships, which officially begin on October 11 in Almaty, was September 1.

The Irish squad for Almaty was registered with AIBA on August 30, with John Joe Nevin pencilled in to wear the bantamweight vest.

With Nevin signalling his intentions to switch codes after the September 1 deadline, the IABA were hoping that AIBA would accept their appeal for McKenna's late registration.

Meanwhile, Christina Desmond is assured of at least a Youth bronze at the 2nd World Women's Youth and Junior Championships following a convincing win over Shi Yazhuo.

Jacqui Lynch and Ciara Ginty are also guaranteed at least a bronze each.


TEN years after her debut in the Leinster League, Irish international Lisa Jacob has headed off to the Netherlands to join Utrecht.

Top four Dutch league club SCHC signed the 140-times-capped front runner, who featured in their season-starting 2-1 defeat by Den Bosch.

She lined out alongside three current Dutch players and one German international and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, if not the result.

She is not the only one on the move, with Pegasus stalwart Michelle Harvey having completed her transfer to Leuven in Belgium.

And former acting Irish women's coach Denis Pritchard is also in Belgium, taking charge of the Victory club near Antwerp.


Kevin Phelan remained on course to move into the second stage of European Tour qualifying after another solid round in Lisbon.

The Walker Cup player from Waterford returned a 73 over the Ribagolfe course to add to his 70 of the previous day for a 143 halfway aggregate in the first stage. He is in 12th equal position some 11 strokes behind runaway leader Thomas Pieters of Belgium.

Mourne's Reeve Whitson faltered somewhat and ended with 77 for a 147 total and has some work to do from joint 38th place, while Nick Grant is way down the field on 154 after a 79.

Irish Independent

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