Good and bad news for Irish boxing

Good and bad news for Irish boxing
Katie Taylor

While Katie Taylor’s shock defeat to Yana Alekseevna delayed her prospects for Rio qualification, another five Irish boxers have secured their place in this summer’s Olympics.

The Wicklow Olympic champion lost her lightweight semi-final to the Azerbaijan fighter last week but bounced back with a win over Svetland Staneva at the weekend.

Taylor will have another chance to qualify to defend her 60kg lightweight title in Rio, but will have to improve if she’s to retain her gold medal in Brazil.

Meanwhile Belfast teenager Brendan Irvine bounced back from his own semi-final defeat against Narek Abgarayan to become the fifth boxer to qualify for Team Ireland.

Good and bad news for Irish boxing
Brendan Irvine

He clinched his spot for Rio with a unanimous decision win over Bulgarian boxer Daniel Asenov in the flyweight bout.

Ahead of him in qualification are Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Joe Ward and Steven Donnelly making up a fierce Irish boxing team for the summer games. In professional fighting there was disappointment for Patrick Hyland who missed out on his chance to secure the WBC featherweight belt, as he beaten in Conneticut.

The Tallaght boxer was stopped in the second round by opponent Gary Russell jr, and was put on the canvas three times before the fight was halted in round two.

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