The curtain came down on the final qualifier for Rio 2016 in Vargas, Venezuela last night.
Light-welter Volodymyr Marviichuk won one fight to qualify. The Ukrainian won his quarter-final but lost in the semi-finals and claimed victory in the Rio box-off on a walkover versus Argentina’s Carlos Aquino.The top three light-welters qualify.
Ray Moylette represented Ireland in the 64kg division in Venezuela. Irish coach Eddie Bolger and club coach Martin Brennan were working his corner.
The Mayo light-welter (St Anne’s BC) lost to Armenia’s Hovhannes Bachkov, the eventual gold medallist, in the last-eight.
Twenty six places were earned in Vargas a month away from the opening bell for boxing at the 31st Olympiad on August 6.
Ireland will be represented in eight of the thirteen weight classes for men and women at Rio 2016. All of the Irish boxers qualified without once having the luxury of boxing on Irish soil.
16 countries achieved at least one Olympic spot in Vargas
4 places: Venezuela
3 places: Ecuador, Mexico
2 places: Colombia, Germany, Ukraine
1 place: Argentina, Armenia, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Italy, Kenya, Qatar, Spain, Thailand, Turkey
World Series of Boxing v AIBA Pro Boxing Qualifier Vargas, Venezuela July 3/9 (also open to pro boxers)
Total Olympic places: 26
Tripartite Commission (Invitation places)
Total Olympics places: 8 (5 for men and 3 for women. Women’s invitation places have been awarded)
Irish boxers qualified
60kg (Lightweight) – Katie Taylor (Bray)
49kg (Light-flyweight) – Paddy Barnes (Holy Family)
52kg (Flyweight) – Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
56kg (Bantamweight) – Michael Conlan (Clonard)
60kg (Lightweight) – David Oliver Joyce (St Michael’s Athy & AIBA Pro Boxing)
69kg (Welterweight) – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
75kg (Middleweight) – Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
81kg (Light-heavyweight) – Joe Ward (Moate & AIBA Pro Boxing)