IABA Press Release Bernard O’Neill
Five Irish boxers now occupy top ten positions in the newly released AIBA Men’s World Rankings.
Joe Ward, Paddy Barnes, Ray Moylette, Darren O’Neill and John Joe Nevin are included in the top ten.
Ward has punched his way to number two in the world at light-heavyweight while Nevin, Moylette, Barnes and O’Neill are ranked 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th.
Barnes’ Holy Family GG club-mate Ryan Burnett, the 2010 Olympic Youth champ and World Youth silver medalist, and Willie McLaughlin are ranked 11th in the light-flyweight and welterweight classes.
Ken Egan, who has moved up to heavyweight, is at 13.
Michael O’Reilly, who now competes at welterweight and who silver at yesterday’s European Youth Championships, is ranked 36th at lightweight.
Katie Taylor, the current World and European lightweight champion, has been ranked number one in the world in the AIBA rankings since November 2006.
This ranking was updated based on all competition results from the past 2 years’ AIBA ranking events.
AIBA World Rankings (Irish boxers) August 26th
49Kg (Light-flyweight)8th – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
11th – Ryan Burnett (Holy Family)
52nd -Michael Conlon (St John Bosco)
52nd -Declan Geraghty (Corinthians)
4th – John Joe Nevin (Cavan)
24th – Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family)
16th – Eric Donovan (St Michael’s Athy)
36th – Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
6th – Ray Moylette (St Anne’s)
11th – Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG)
38th – Chris Blaney (Navan)
52nd – John Joe Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)
9th – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
2nd: Joe Ward (Moate)