By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer
Michael Conlan was today confirmed as Irish Team captain for the 18th AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Doha, Qatar.
The current European Elite champion and London 2012 bronze medalist is currently in training camp with the Irish World Championships squad in Assisi, Italy.
Conlan, Brendan Irvine, Sean McComb, Dean Walsh, Adam Nolan, Michael O’Reilly and Joe Ward will represent Ireland at the AIBA World Elite Championships which begins in Doha, Qatar next Tuesday.
Olympic champion Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, Ceire Smith and Darren O’Neill are also in training camp in Assisi.
The squad will have tests matches against Italy, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Bulgaria tomorrow. The World Championships team leave Assisi for Doha on Friday.
Two hundred and sixty boxers will be targeting medals and 23 Olympic places across the ten weight classes on the Arabian peninsula.
Michael Conlan – Factfile
Date of Birth: 19/11/1991
Club: Clonard BC, Antrim)
Weight class: 56kg (Bantamweight)
(Qualified for Qatar through European Elite Championships 2015)
2012 Olympics (Bronze) – London
2015 European Elite Championships (Gold) – Samokov
2013 European Elite Championships (Silver) – Minsk
2014 Commonwealth Games – for Northern Ireland – (Gold) – Glasgow
2015 World Series of Boxing – 2nd Place – Italia Thunder
2015 Paddy Barnes – “Ireland’s most skilled boxer”
2013 AIBA World Elite Championships (6th place) – Almaty
2014 Elite champion
2013 Elite champion
2012 Elite champion
2011 Elite champion
2014 Feliks Stamm Memorial (Gold) –Warsaw