It was two out of three for Ireland on Day 1 of the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Middleweight Michael O’Reilly and light flyweight Brendan Irvine had wins over Valerii Kharlamov (Ukraine) and Nico Hernandez (USA) respectively. Light welterweight Dean Walsh bowed out on a tight split decision to Luis Dian of Venezuela.
Tomorrow (Wednesday 7th) sees two more Irish in action in their opening bouts of the 18th edition of the tournament.
Belfast lightweight Sean McComb is first up at 1pm (Irish time). The Holy Trinity southpaw faces Mexico’s Lindolfo Garza Delgado in the afternoon session. The 20 year old North American had a successful season this year, finishing in the Top 5 of the World Series of Boxing at his weight as well as winning silvers in both the Central American & Caribbean Games and the Pan-American Games.
Wexford welterweight Adam Nolan then later fights in the evening session at 6pm (Irish time). The Garda faces an even tougher task against the current European Champion, Eimantas Stanionis of Lithuania. Nolan however will be confident of beating anyone if he boxes to the best of his ability following his own brilliant performances at the European Championships.