Clonmel boxer Con Sheehan is representing Ireland at the World Senior Amateur Championships, which are continuing until next Monday, October 10th in Baku in Azerbaijan. The championships double up as the first of the qualifiers for the Olympics, with the top six boxers in each division earning a place for London 2012.
The Clonmel man provided the performance of the weekend with his second round victory over Faruth Kalonov from Tajikstan. After winning the first round 9-3 he forced Kalonov to take a standing count before the referee stopped the contest in the second round.
He was due to fight Olympic and world champion Roberto Camarelle from Italy yesterday, Tuesday.
Con is the fourth boxer from the Clonmel club to represent Ireland at a world championships this year. Jack Connolly from Fethard competed at the world youths in Kazakhstan while Shauna O’Keeffe and Shannon Power competed at the women’s world youths in Turkey. All three reached the quarter-finals and were unlucky not to win medals.
Con, the four-times and reigning Irish senior heavyweight champion, is competing in the super heavyweight division, having won a box-off at this weight division at the National Stadium for a place on the team.
In the semi-final he beat the current super heavyweight champion Cathal McMonagle, Holy Trinity, Belfast by 21 points to 7. In the final he beat Sean Turner, Drimnagh, Dublin by 17 points to 7.
Standing at 6 feet 4 inches, Con’s physical development as a boxer was being impeded by the 91 kgs heavyweight limit and a move to super heavyweight was necessary, having won his first senior title at heavyweight at just 18 years of age.