Nine man squad confirmed for Chemistry cup

Irish  head coach Billy Walsh has confirmed a 9-man squad for the 39th Chemistry Cup  which gloves off in Halle, Germany on  Wednesday.

The Irish  team arrived in Halle on Friday last following an intensive training camp  in Hennef, Germany.

Irish  2012 Olympians Michael Conlan and Darren O’Neill are included in the Irish  Chemistry Cup panel along with 2010 and 2011 European champions Paddy  Barnes and Joe Ward.

David  Oliver Joyce, Ross Hickey, Adam Nolan, Steven Ward and Con Sheehan will  wear the Irish lightweight, light-welterweight, welterweight, heavyweight and  super-heavyweight vests by the banks of the river  Saale.

John Joe  Nevin, who has also qualified for the 30th Olympiad, has withdrawn from the  tournament after picking up a facial injury boxing for Paris United versus  Milano Thunder in the World Series of Boxing

on Monday  week last.

Hosts  Germany, Algeria, Austria, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy,  Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Romania, Russia  and Uzbekistan have registered to compete in Halle.

Seven  AIBA World champions will line out for their respective nations at the  tournament.

China’s  Zou Shiming and Paddy Barnes could renew acquaintances at the Chemistry Cup.  Both boxers met in the semi-finals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Shiming winning  en route to claiming light-flyweight gold.

Russia’s  2009 AIBA World champion Egor Mekhontsev, meantime, could be drawn against Joe  Ward in a battle of the southpaws. Mekhontsev is currently ranked number 4  in the world by AIBA. Ward is ranked number  3.

Boxing  begins at 11am (Irish time) at the Maritim Hotel in Halle on Wednesday.  Wednesday’s preliminaries will be decided over three sessions beginning at 11am,  3pm and 7pm (Irish time).

Ireland  are preparing for the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers which  begin in Trabzon, Turkey on April 13th and Irish head coach Billy Walsh  believes that the Chemistry Cup will play its part in those  preparations.

 

“We had  an excellent training camp in Hennef and the Chemistry Cup will give us a great  opportunity to get some competitive bouts under our belt against world class  opposition, he said.

“The  Olympic qualifiers are just a few weeks away now and the Hennef training camp  and the Chemistry Cup are all part of our preparations for those  qualifiers.”

On the  last occasion that Ireland entered the Chemistry Cup, in May 2007, Darren  Sutherland (RIP) claimed bronze.

Ken  Egan took home silver from the 2006 edition of the prestigious  Multi-Nations tournament.

Irish squad 39th Chemistry Cup Halle, Germany March  14th/18th
49Kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52Kg: Michael Conlan (St John  Bosco)
60Kg: David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s  Athy)
64Kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69Kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)
75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
81Kg: Joe Ward (Moate)
91Kg: Steven Ward (Monkstown,  Antrim)
91+Kg: Con Sheehan  (Clonmel)

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