Cool, Calm, and Collected O’Reilly looking forward to Olympic qualifiers after Irish title win

Michael O’Reilly was in complete control at the weekend to cruise to victory in the National Elite middleweight final at the National Stadium.

Following his win over rising Newry star Conor Wallace, the Portlaoise BC man explained that “I just the did the basic things, used the jab and made him miss.”

“In the last round I stepped it up a bit, put a bit of pressure on him and made things certain.”

Indeed the World Championships bronze medalist admitted afterwards that he felt little pressure ahead of the bout which was make or break for him in terms of his Road to Rio

“I suppose there was a bit of pressure on me, but I was very confident going in”

Now I can get back now and

Outlinining his upcoming plans, the European Games gold medalist decribed how “we’ll enjoy the Christmas while we get the chance.”

But boxing will not be entirely out of mind for the slick 22 year old who is looking forward to “getting back now and getting ready for the Olympic qualifiers in April, that’s the next hurdle for me.”

Joe O'Neill

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