The summer Olympics are well under way in Rio, and Ireland will be looking to use boxing as there strongest sport to get a medal in. The day before the tournament began news broke of an Irish boxing being pulled for doping allegations, later it became apparent that it was Michael O’Reilly who is a middleweight boxer that fights out of Portlaoise who had tested positive for banned substances.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 5, 2016
Leaving a bitter taste in many boxing fans before the tournament began, but none the less the team must continue on with the likes of Paddy Barnes, Katie Taylor, Michael Conlan and David Oliver Joyce leading the pack.
Steven Donnelly opening up first for Irish boxing at Rio, easing through Algerian fighter Algeria’s Zohir Kedache. All three judges scored in favour of the Ballymena boxer who is now through to the third round of the Olympics.
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 7, 2016
David Oliver Joyce already put on a dominant display against Seychelles fighter Andrique Allisop. Joyce started off slow but had an answer for each of Allisops punches, keeping the fight close and aggressive perfect for his style. Joyce is now through to the last 16, where he will square up against Azerbaijan’s Albert Selimov, who won silver in Doha last year.
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) August 7, 2016
Paddy Barnes is scheduled to fight Monday and Michael Conlan is down for Sunday August 14, both boxers received a bye which means they will need to secure two victories to reach the semi-final. Michael Conlan is one of the favorite’s for Ireland’s chances of bringing home Gold, being able to switch from orthodox to southpaw with ease and is brimming with confidence heading into his first fight.
Joe Ward is an Irish and European champion who fights southpaw and is cousins with David Oliver Joyce. This will be the 22 year olds first Olympics as he missed out on the London Olympics and plans to make up for it this time.
Brendan Irvine goes up against Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan on Saturday, August 13.
Katie Taylor who is currently the most successful boxer still representing Ireland, at 30 years of age is still expecting to prove many doubters wrong and succeed in yet another Olympic games. Katie already recieved a bye and is thriugh to the quarter finals where she will face either Finland’s Mira Potkonen or Brazil’s Adriana Araujo on Monday, August 15.