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Ireland dominant over France in Cork but John Joe Nevin and Joe Ward set to miss Sunday's meeting

Updated: Saturday, 04 May 2013 15:31 | Comments

John Joe Nevin was dominant in his victory over Elias Friha
John Joe Nevin was dominant in his victory over Elias Friha

Ireland recorded a shut out 10-0 victory over France in Friday night's Elite international at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, John Joe Nevin, who won silver and two bronze medals at the London Olympics all claimed impressive victories.

Sean McComb, David Oliver Joyce, Adam Nolan, Jason Quigley, Joe Ward, Jimmy Sweeney and Con Sheehan also had their hands raised in triumph on Leeside.

Barnes got Ireland off to a winning start with a second round stoppage of Dylan Beccu, who took a count right on the bell for the end of the second after being wobbled by a big right.

"Straight right got him. Every time, the right hand!" said Barnes, who was 6-2 up after the first.

“I caught him with a right that banged him into the ropes, wobbling. The referee referee gave him a standing count but then waved it off.”

Ireland and France will meet again at the National Stadium in Dublin on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

UPDATE: John Joe Nevin and Joe Ward are out of Sunday’s Elite international with France after picking up hand injuries in last night’s fights. 

Describing the injuries as slight, Irish head coach Billy Walsh said that there was no point taking any further risks with the European Championships now just a matter of weeks away.

Walsh also confirmed that Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will move up weights for Sunday’s second leg.

Barnes moves up from light-fly to flyweight to meet Samuel Kistohurry and Conlan moves up from flyweight to bantamweight to face Elias Friha.

France’s Dylan Beccu, who Barnes stopped in the second round in Cork last evening, is also out injured.

Ireland V France Rochestown Park Hotel Cork 3 May:

49kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) bt Dylan Beccu (France) RSCH2

52kg: Michael Conlan (Ireland) bt Samuel Kistohurry (France) 25-10

56kg: John Joe Nevin (Ireland) bt Elias Friha (France) 14-6

60kg: Sean McComb (Ireland) bt Sopiane Oumiha (France) 13-13 c/b 43-40

64kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) bt Adelmalik Ladjali (France) 25-16

69kg: Adam Nolan (Ireland) bt Alexis Vastine (France) 19-8

75kg: Jason Quigley (Ireland) bt Michel Tavares (France) 15-4

81kg: Joe Ward (Ireland) bt Abdelkader Bouhenia (France) 17-5

91kg: Jimmy Sweeney (Ireland) bt Aboulaye Diane (France) 17-14

91kg+: Con Sheehan (Ireland) bt Tony Yoka (France) 15-6

Ireland 10 France 0

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