Boxers beaten early in worlds
Nolan deemed very unlucky
It wasn't a week to remember for Wexford boxers Adam Nolan and Dean Walsh who both exited the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on split decisions.
It was a more disappointing exit for Nolan who was beaten by European champion, Eimanta Stanionis of Lithuania, on a split decision. Nolan was the victim of an unkind draw, but gave one of the best performances of his career, which most shrewd observers felt was more than enough to have gained him the contest.
Nolan came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 points loss though (29-28, 27-30, 28-29), with the Danish and Turkish judges going against the Bray-based Garda who boxes out of the seaside club alongside Olympic and World champion, Katie Taylor.
Nolan started the bout slowly, but still got in the majority of scoring punches, having come on strong in the second half of the first round, boxing at distance with Stanionis constantly in pursuit.
Nolan appeared to land the cleaner blows, but the judges opted for Stanionis' aggression despite the fact that he landed few punches of note other than a heavy left hook a minute in.
Two of the judges evened it up after the second as Nolan's patient approach was noted, but they gave the final round to the Lithuanian.
'I thought the last round was messy, even though I probably finished strong,' said Nolan. 'I wasn't happy with my last round, but the first two rounds - Billy (Walsh) only told me after the fight I lost it - I couldn't understand how because he only hit me with one or two shots.
'I was at my best in the first round to I'm a bit amused not to win it. I'd be disappointed with whatever the judges were looking at in the first two rounds,' added Nolan.
Head coach Walsh was shocked by the result. 'I couldn't believe it. How did we not win that? I don't know what they were looking at to be honest with you,' said Walsh.
'To me he won the first round clearly and then I thought he did enough in the second and third - I thought he won the three rounds.'
Twenty-one year-old Dean Walsh of the St. Ibar's/St. Joseph's club, nephew of Billy, can also feel somewhat peeved at losing out on a split decision to Pan-American Games bronze medallist Luis Arcon from Venezuela.
After the second round Walsh was one point ahead on the card of one judge and level in the eyes of the other two.
After a frantic third session all three officials turned in 29-28 scorecards, but unfortunately two of them were in favour of the 23-year-old Arcon.