Boxer Conlon qualifies for Olympics

Published Tuesday, 04 October 2011
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Flyweight boxer Michael Conlon has qualified for the Ireland Olympic squad in 2012 after progressing to the quarter-final of the AIBA World Championships in Azerbaijan.

The boxer from Belfast's St John Bosco club defeated the number two seed, France's Nordine Oubaali, by 20-17 in the round of 16 on Tuesday.

He now faces a quarter-final fight in Baku with European champion Andrew Shelby on Wednesday.

Conlon staged a magnificent comeback to beat the French 2008 Olympian and 2007 AIBA World bronze medalist.

The Belfast flyweight was trailing 6-4 at the end of the first but levelled the bout at 11-11 going into the third before racking up a 20-17 verdict, his third win in Baku against quality opposition.

The St John Bosco BC ace will meet current European champion, Andrew Selby of Wales, in Wednesday's quarter-final.

Ireland will have at least three boxers at the London Games after Darren O'Neill and John Joe Nevin also secured their tickets in Baku.

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