Katie Taylor and John Joe Nevin are already in to their semi-finals but Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes on the verge of guaranteeing bronze medals of their own. At least. Beijing silver medalist Kenny Egan gives us his thoughts on how both fighters will get on in their quarter-final bouts.
Michael Conlon (Ire) v Nordine Oubaali (Fra) – Tues 9pm
Men’s Flyweight quarter-final (52 kg)
Conlon has beaten Oubaali twice before so he’s definitely the favorite in this match up and both times he beat him from the southpaw stance. Conlon’s usually an orthodox fighter but I think he’ll come out and box Oubaali in the southpaw stance because it seems to work for him.
He was a bit rusty in his first fight, I think the nerves of being at the Olympic games got to him but it was the perfect opponent for him. Despite winning 19-8 against the Ghanaian fighter I think he’s a much better boxer than he showed in that bout.
Oubaali won a bronze medal in Beijing so this is going to be a hard fight for Conlon. This is the Olympic quarter-finals so everybody is really pushing for podium finishes.
Hopefully he’ll get in to the ring and blow this guy away.
Paddy Barnes (Ire) v Devendro Singh (Ind) – Wed 8.45pm
Men’s light flyweight quarter-final (49kg)
I watched Singh’s 16-11 win over the Mongolian Serdamba Purevdorjand he did very well. He’s a strong kid who likes to brawl and Paddy Barnes is going to have to be very, very clever in this one. Use a tight-guard, peek-a-boo style defense and try and steal points from this kid.
It’s going to be a tough fight this one and it’s hard to call.
Paddy barnes is going to need to get a good start like he did in his last fight against Essomba. He needs to get out early but a tight defense is key. He can’t give away any early, silly points and if he gets the lead, Singh is renowned for getting sloppy and he’s bound to make some mistakes. Paddy will just need to pick those scores and keep picking away.
In his last fight Paddy went straight out in to the ring and held his ground. He had a perfect plan and utilized a tight guard. The first two rounds are what won him the fight, in the last round he was just maintaining his lead. He had no real problems in that fight but this going to a big test and a far different kind of fight. Singh is going to come to scrap and it’s up to Barnes to keep that defense tight.
If he boxes to his potential then Barnes is well worth a bet to win this fight.