Clonmel boxer Con Sheehan bowed of the World Senior Amateur Championships last week after a very spirited display against two-time World champion and Beijing Olympic gold medallist Roberto Cammarelle from Italy. The championships held in Baku, Azerbaijan doubled up as the first of the qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympics.
Con needed to reach the last four at the Super Heavyweight division to earn a place at the Olympics and he was unlucky to come up against such a formidable and experienced opponent at world level as Cammerelle at the last 16 stage. It was only Con’s second bout at Super Heavyweight, having stepped up from Heavyweight, and the experience he gained from the bout with the Italian will stand to him when he gets a second chance to qualify for the Olympics at a qualifier next April in Istanbul.
In his first bout at the World Championships he beat Faruth Kalonov from Tajikstan, with the referee stopping the contest in the second round.
Three Irish boxers qualified for the Olympics from the championships - Darren O’Neill, Michael Conlan and bronze medal winner John Joe Nevin and hopefully Con can join them on the plane to London.