O'Neill into last 16

October 3, 2011

Darren O’Neill won a close contest in the last 32 of the middleweight division of the World Boxing Championships in Baku.

O’Neill beat Mohammad Hikal (Egypt), who won bronze at the last World Boxing Championships in Milan.

O’Neill had a two-point advantage at 4-2 going into the second round, and was 8-7 ahead at the end of round two.

In a hectic third round Hikal picked up a public warning, and a penalty of two points, giving the advantage to O’Neill.

However within 40 seconds O’Neill also picked up a public warning but he survived to win and qualify for the last 16 on a scoreline of 15-13.

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