Following last weekend's world title action, we have updated our professional boxing world champions list. The main movers last weekend were Scotland's Ricky Burns who captured the WBA (Regular) world super-lightweight title by stopping Italian Michelle Di Rocco, and also Liverpool's Tony Bellew - who won the WBC crusierweight title by knocking out Illunga Makabu at Goodison Park in front…
Stephen Donnelly Boxing With Eyes On Rio
By Jack W McCarron
STEPHEN DONNELLY FLYING HIGH
Ballymena man Stephen Donnelly continued his good form in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) this past Friday night.
Winning his third bout in a row Donnelly put himself in an excellent position going forward as he bids to qualify for the Rio Olympics next summer.
Fighting for the Rafako Hussars Poland in Warsaw, the All Saints BC welterweight enjoyed a comfortable evening beating Nicklaus Flaz of the Puerto Rican Hurricanes on a unanimous decision.
The top 2 ranked fighters in each weight class in the WSB qualify automatically for the Olympic Games and prior to Friday’s bout Donnelly was lying in third place in the welterweight class, and the rankings will be updated on Monday morning.
Donnelly has three more fights in left in this year’s World Series of Boxing as he looks to make it into his first summer games.
BARNES ON A ROLL, CONLAN LOSES
Week 7 of the WSB saw Italia Thunder take on the Astana Arlans and Irish fighters Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan were in action.
Barnes continued his excellent form winning a unanimous decision against Temirtas Zhussupov where as Conlan lost a controversial decision to Kairat Yeraliyev to put a dent in his qualification hopes.
QUIGLEY SET TO SOAR
Former World Amateur Silver medallist Jason Quigley continued his impressive foray into the pro ranks with a comfortable first round stoppage in LA on Friday night.
The Ballybofey man took less than two minutes to dispose of American opponent Lanny Dardar to extend his professional record to four wins from four fights all by knockout.
The middleweight contender who is signed to Oscar De la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions was much classier than his opponent dropping him twice before the referee stepped in and looks like he could be a real star in the making.
With his amateur pedigree and a fast developing style suited to the pro’s Quigley is definitely a name to take note of and with his quick hands and seemingly endless power it would come as no surprise to see the Donegal man fighting for world honours at some point in the future.