Irish Amateur Boxing - Adam Nolan claims a Gold Medal
By Special Report on Doghouse Boxing (April 21, 2012)


(The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport via Istanbul (flight TK No. 1977) at 1.20pm tomorrow (Sunday April 22nd). All media are invited to attend Sunday's homecoming).

Adam Nolan claimed a gold medal to compliment his ticket for the 2012 Olympic Games at the (AIBA) European Olympic qualifying tournament in Turkey.

The Irish southpaw, a team-mate of World number one Katie Taylor at the Bray BC, came from behind to edge out talented German welterweight Patrick Wojcicki on a countback following a 14-14 tie in today's 69kg final in Trabzon.

Wojcicki and Nolan both qualified for London 2012 by virtue of reaching today's 69kg final as there were two Olympic places available in the welterweight class in the north-eastern Turkish city.

The first round of today's encounter finished level at 3-3, Nolan, who works as a Garda in Bray, establishing his timing behind his raking left, Wojcicki boxing well on the inside.

The German took a tactical second frame 6-5 to establish a 9-8 lead going in the third.

However, Nolan, who has won four bouts in Trabzon this week, stepped up a gear to take the final stanza 6-5 before having his hand raised in triumph on accepted scores.

Head coach Billy Walsh, who has been working Ireland's corner in Trabzon this week along with Zuar Antia and Eddie Bolger, was delighted with Nolan's third round performance.

"He really pushed home in the last round. He pulled out all the stops. He showed that we're here to win gold medals. If you want to hear Amhrán na bhFiann and the tricolour raised on foreign shores - that's the motto of the team, said Walsh.

"Pete Taylor, his coach at home, has done a fantastic job with him over the last two years. He's brought him on in leaps and bounds. He's grown in confidence and hopefully he can make an impact in London."

Nolan and Paddy Barnes qualified for the 2012 Olympics in Trabzon.

They join Michael Conlan, John Joe Nevin and Darren O'Neill, who qualified for the 30th Olympiad at the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the Irish team for London 2012.

Nolan (gold), Barnes (bronze) and Tommy McCarthy (bronze) finished in podium positions in Trabzon.

Twenty six Olympic places were claimed in Trabzon this week.

Ireland finished third in the rankings tables at the 43-nation tournament featuring 196 boxers and in fourth spot in the medals tables.

Hosts Turkey qualified six for London 2012 this week and finished on top of both the rankings and medals tables. Turkey had no boxers qualified for London 2012 prior to the Trabzon tournament.

The seven-man Irish squad are due to arrive home from Trabzon via Dublin Airport via Istanbul (flight TK No. 1977) at 1.20pm tomorrow (Sunday, April 22nd).

All media are invited to attend Sunday's homecoming.




AIBA European Olympic Qualifiers Trabzon, Turkey

April 15th (Evening) (last 32)

60kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Joe Cordina (Wales) RET3

81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Kennedy Katende (Sweden) 16-6

April 16th (Afternoon) (last 16)

64kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) lost to Dimitri Galagot (Moldova) 11-24

69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Thomasz Kot (Poland) 14-9

April 16th (Evening) (last 16)

81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) lost to Bahran Muzaffer (Turkey) 15-18 (result was the subject of a protest by IABA)

91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) beat Copla Alem (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 12-3

91+kg: Con Sheehan (Ireland) lost to Muhammet Erkan Aci (Turkey) 12-17

April 18th (Afternoon) Quarter-finals

49kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) beat Stefan Caslarov (Romania) 17-9

60kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania)10-19

69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Tamerlan Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) 17-13

91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) beat Josepf Darmos (Hungary) 16-7

April 20th (Semi-finals)

49kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) lost to Ferhat Pehlivan (Turkey) 14-21

69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Ionut Gheorghe (Romania) 19-10

91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Vladimir Cheles (Moldova) 12-15

April 21st Finals

69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) beat Patrick Wojcicki (Germany) 14-14 (countback)

(no countback scores available)



Irish squad and management

49kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG)

60kg; David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy)

64kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon)

69kg: Adam Nolan (Bray)

81kg: Joe Ward (Moate)

91kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett)

91+kg: Con Sheehan (Clonmel


IABA President: Tommy Murphy

Director of Boxing: Dominic O'Rourke

Team manager: Des Donnelly

Head coach: Billy Walsh

Coaches: Zuar Antia & Eddie Bolger

Performance psychologist: Gerry Hussey

Performance Analyst: Alan Swanton

Physio: Conor Murphy

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