The London Games are only weeks away and teams all over the world are gearing up for this global stage.
Ireland is no exception and is proving to be a strong contender this year.
Ireland’s boxing team has been assembled and are making their final preparations for the games. The team consists of Darren O’Neill, Paddy Barnes, John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlan, Adam Nolan, and Katie Taylor.
O’Neill, the team captain says the team have a positive attitude going into the games:
‘All of the squad are capable of winning medals if we perform to the best of our abilities. We’re capable of beating anyone, but they’re capable of beating us also, so it is crucial that we perform to our best’
‘A bit of luck in the draw would also be welcome in London, but that’s outside our control. However, we can control our own performances. If we do that the rest will follow’
Making his Olympic debut this summer in the boxing is Michael Conlan, a 21 year old flyweight boxer from Belfast. Conlan qualified for the the games at the 2011 World Championships in Baku, after he beat Nordine Oubaali.
‘It was a great fight. It was a tough fight,’ explains Conlan. ‘I was behind at one stage at the start of the first round, so I was three points down and I pulled it back. I was happy with that’.
He is confident that he is the right competitor for the Olympic games, and like O’Neill is focusing on his performance.
‘Go as far as possible. Win the first 30 seconds of the first round and keep winning the next 30 seconds of each round’
‘Anything can happen at the Olympic Games. You see favourites getting beat. You see unbelievable results happening. You see world records. You see Usain Bolt. You see the unexpected’
And we’re excited to see Conlan and the Irish Boxing Team. With not long to go, we wish them the best of luck and hope you all get behind them!