Irish boxers maintain high world rankings

IRELAND'S boxers have maintained their high flying positions in the first AIBA Official World rankings published for 2010 yesterday.

Olympic medallists Ken Egan and Paddy Barnes, John Joe Nevin and John Joe Joyce are all ranked in the top 10.

Egan, the highest ranked of all the Irish boxers, is at number four at light heavy, while light flyweight Barnes is at nine. Joyce and Nevin are at six and seven in the light welter and bantam categories.

The quartets rankings remain unchanged since the previous official AIBA rankings published last September..

Meanwhile, Conor Ahern and Declan Geraghty are rated 88 and 89 at flyweight, while David Oliver Joyce is 46 at feather and World Youth champ Ray Moylette has moved up two places to 19 at lightweight.

Welterweight's and middleweight's David Joyce, a bronze medal winner at the World Youth Championships, and Eamon O'Kane, a bronze medal winner at the European Senior Championships, are at 25 and 29.

EU champ Con Sheehan has jumped 6 places to 59 at heavyweight , but super heavyweight Cathal McMonagle is down one place to 65. Tommy McCarthy, who was beaten by Egan in last years Irish senior final, is up five places to 32.

Willie McLaughlin, a quarter finalist at the 2009 World Championships, is up 14 places to 34. The rankings are based on performances at the Olympic Games, Olympic qualifiers, World Senior and Youth Championships and Continental Championships.

The EU Championships, which Ireland has dominated over the last three years, are not used for ranking purposes. John Joe Joyce has has since moved up to welterweight.

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