Nolan: first Irish defeat at the World Championships (file photo). INPHO/Dan Sheridan

World Championships: Adam Nolan crashes out in controversial defeat

London 2012 Olympian lost out on a split decision against French welterweight Souleymane Cissokho.

ADAM NOLAN’S WORLD championship challenge ended in controversy as he lost to Souleymane Cissokho this morning.

Nolan appeared to be in control against the French welterweight and despite one ringside judge scoring all three rounds in his favour, he lost a narrow split decision.

“Yeah we’re disappointed,” Ireland coach Billy Walsh said after the 30-27, 28-29, 28-29 defeat.

“He started off very, very well. He clearly won the first round and I felt that he didn’t lose the second round and didn’t lose the last round.

He matched him every time so I thought we were going to come out on top.

The defeat is Ireland’s first at this year’s championships. Tommy McCarthy, Sean McComb and Ray Moylette all won their opening bouts in Almaty, Kazakhstan earlier this week.

McCarthy and McComb are back in action on Friday as is two-time Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes who opens his bid for a first world medal against Serbia’s Milos Baltic in the 52kg division.

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