Ireland’s been shut out of the medals so far, but their 5 boxers have done extraordinarily well. Of the 5 who are in, all won their first bouts, Three are onto the medal rounds, and two were ousted in the round of 16, both in very close contests. I enjoy amateur fighting (professional fighting is just too much anymore), having done some amateur Karate Tournaments back in Colorado, so I know about the training involved for point-based fighting, and how tough it is.
Here are the competitors:
Paddy Barnes, in the light flyweight category, is in the semis after handily beating two opponents.
Kenny Eagan is into the semis of the light heavyweight, winning three contests, pulverizing his opponents (at least in points). Come on, 22-2? Way to go, Kenny!
Johnny Joyce, light welterweight, won his first bout, then lost an even-point decision to Felix Diaz.
John Joseph Nevin, bantamweight, won his first match, only to lose to a resilient Mongolian.
Darren John Sutherland, middleweight, beat Nabil Kassel by TKO in the first round, and tries to advance to the medal round with his next match tomorrow morning. Go DJ! UPDATE: Darren’s on to the semi’s where he’s going to battle giant-killer, and English, boxer James Deagle, who defeated favorite Bakhtiyar Artayev. Deagle’s already talking smack: “with the skill I’ve got, I should beat him every day.” Go get ’em, DJ.
And for all the ladies out there, here’s pictures of the handsome blokes: