Danny O’Brien is guaranteed at least bronze at the World Military Games in China.

The Army heavyweight scored a sensational unanimous decision over Brazil’s Juan Nogueira this afternoon.

The final scores read 30-37,29-28,29-28,29-28,29-28 to the Dubliner (Santry BC) after a hard-punching,three-round quarter-final.

Nogueira was beaten Russia’s Evgeniy Tischenko in the last 16 at Rio 2016. Tischenko won gold at the 31st Olympiad.

O’Brien, who has now won three fights in Wuhan, will meet Kazakhstan’s Abzal Kuttybekov for a place in the finals on Friday.

Commandant Adrian Watson hailed O’Brien’s performance. “His physical courage is a reflection of the excellent soldier he is,” he said.

Watson also praised the input of Gerard Riordan (father), Phil Sutcliffe, Pat Ryan and Army head coach John Molloy.

(Images: O’Brien after today’s win and with Irish staff)




World (CISM) Military Games Wuhan, China

October 25


91kg Danny O’Brien (Ireland) v Abzal Kuttybekov (Kazakhstan)

October 23


91kg Danny O’Brien (Ireland) beat Juan Nogueira (Brazil) 5-0

October 22


75kg Leona Houlihan (Ireland) lost to Viktoryia Kebikova (Belarus) RSC3

Last 16

81kg Brian Kennedy (Ireland) lost to Di Zhou (China) 0-5
91kg Danny O’Brien (Ireland) beat Krenar Aliu (Finland) 5-0
91kg+ Antoine O Gríofa (Ireland) lost to Kumar Satish (India) 0-5

October 21

Last 32

91kg Danny O’Brien (Ireland) beat Michel Gavaj (France) KO1

October 20

Last 16

75kg Leona Houlihan (Ireland) beat Garza Fallon (USA) W/O

Last 32

64kg Stephen Lockhart (Ireland) lost to Zang Shuang (China) 0-5
69kg Ross Hickey (Ireland) lost to Miliusha Dzmitry (Belarus) RSCI1
75kg Michael Connelly (Ireland) lost to Golembiewski Bartosz (Poland) 0-5

Irish squad

Team Manager Comdt: Adrian Watson (Roscommon)

Head coach: Sgt John Molloy (7th Batt) (Offaly)

Coach: Phil Sutcliffe

75kg: Cpl Leona Houlihan (Dublin)

64kg: Pte Stephen Lockhart (7th Dublin)

69kg: Pte, Ross Hickey (Kildare)

75kg: Lt Mike Connelly (Galway)

81kg: Tpr Brian Kennedy (Offaly)

91kg: Pte Danny O’Brien (Dublin)

91kg+: Pte Antoine O Gríofa (Galway)