Boxing ranks among the Olympic Games' most illustrious sports.


When it first arrived in the Ancient Olympic Games, the tools of the trade were long strips of leather wrapped around boxers' fists. The fight continued until one man or the other went down or conceded. The Romans followed with a gladiator dimension. They used gloves studded with spikes or weighted with lead, and fights often ended in death, like other entertainment of the day.


When the modern Games resumed in 1896, the Athens organising committee omitted boxing, deciding it was too dangerous. The sport reappeared in 1904 in St. Louis, thanks to its popularity in the United States, then disappeared again in 1912 at Stockholm because Sweden's national law banned it.


Only in 1920 did boxing return to the Olympic Games to stay. Hence, Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay at the time) and Teofilo Stevenson (a three-time gold medallist) could join names like Theagenes of Thassos and Cleitomachus of Thebes among the legends.

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Atlanta, 3 August 1996, Games of the XXVI Olympiad. Men's boxing: Cuban Felix SAVON in action versus Canadian David DEFIAGBON during the heavyweight final bout. Savon won the gold. Credit: Getty Images/BELLO Al

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Draw & results


last 32

last 16




48Kg Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG) draw 29



W 14-8


W 11-5


L 15-0

54Kg John Joe Nevin (Cavan) draw 27


W 9-4


L 9-2

64Kg John Joe Joyce (St Michael's Athy) draw 28


W 9-5


L +11-11

75Kg Darren Sutherland (St Saviours OBA) draw 28





W 11-1


L 10-3

81Kg Ken Egan (Neilstown) Captain draw 28


W 22-2


W 10-2


W 8-0


W 10-3


L 11-7


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Irish Olympic Squad and Management


81Kg:Light heavyweight: Ken Egan (Neilstown Dublin) Captain

75Kg:Middleweight: Darren Sutherland (St Saviours OBA Dublin)
64Kg:Light welterweight: John Joe Joyce (St Michael's Athy)
54Kg:Bantamweight: John Joe Nevin (Cavan BC)
48Kg:Light flyweight: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family Belfast)
High Performance Director: Gary Keegan
Team Manager: Jim Walsh
Coaches: Billy Walsh & Zuar Antia
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary
Performance Psychologist: Gerry Hussey
IABA President: Dominic O'Rourke
IABA Vice President: Tommy Murphy
National Registrar: Stephen Connolly


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John Joe Joyce - 64kg light welterweight, of the famous St Michael's Athy Boxing club, talks about qualifying for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

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