Boxing: After the success of four Irish boxers in Baku yesterday, Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes crashed out of the AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers at the last 32 stage after he was beaten 20-12 by Mark Barriga of Philippines today.
The Belfast man will have only one more opportunity to qualify for London 2012 next year.
Yesterday, welterweight Roy Sheehan made the last 16 after he defeated Croat Borna Katalinic 21-17. The St Michael's Athy welterweight, who beat Katalinic in the 2005 AIBA World Championships in China, set up a last-16 clash with Lithuania's Egidijus Kavaliauskas tomorrow.
Along with Joe Ward and Michael Conlan, Sheehan is just one win from qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But Con Sheehan, who also won yesterday, must reach the semi-finals as heavyweights and super-heavyweight must achieve a last-four finish at least to guarantee a ticket to the Games.
Shortly before Roy Sheehan entered the ring, Con recorded Ireland's second win in a row over Tajikistan after Ward triumphed against Dilovarsho Abdurakhmanov .
The Tipperary super-heavyweight had his hand raised in victory after the referee stopped his last-32 contest with Faruth Kalonov after Kalanov took his second standing count in the second round. He will now meet Italy's 2008 Olympic gold medalist and two-time AIBA World champion Roberto Cammarelle in a quarter-final contest.
Ward, 17, cruised into the last 16 with a convincing 22-4 win over European light-heavyweight champion Abdurakhmanov and will now meet Ehsan Rouzbahani of Iran tomorrow.
Michael Conlan posted an 18-17 decision over Olzhas Sattibayev of Kazakhstan. The Belfast flyweight will now meet No 2 seed Nordine Oubaali of France tomorrow. Ray Moylette, Ireland's current European light-welterweight champion, bowed out following a 19-7 defeat to Manoj Kumar of India.