IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
The Holy Trinity BC will be out in force at next week’s Open Unseeded Elite Competition at the National Stadium in Dublin.
The vastly experienced Cathal McMonagle, the current Irish super-heavyweight champion, Ruairi Dalton, Sean McComb, David Walsh, Mark O’Hara and Conrad Cummins will line out for Belfast club at the home of Irish boxing.
Between them they have won rafts of Irish titles at all levels, and Holy Trinity coach Michael Hawkins reports that the six are eagerly looking forward to the tournament.
Hawkins will also be keeping a keen eye on Wednesday’s draw as O’Hara and McComb will box in the lightweight category and Cummins and Walsh will compete at middleweight.
“All the team are in good sprits. They have trained hard and prepared very well for this.They definitely won’t be in awe of anyone at the National Stadium and they are looking forward to the tournament, said Hawkins.
“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the draw and hopefully our lads can avoid each other. All the lads are experienced boxers. They have the experience of boxing at national and international level and they will be giving it 100% and are well prepared to give it a real go at the National Stadium.”
Meanwhile, the Holy Trinity BC will be sending teams to New York and Canada for tournaments in October and December.
The IABA are using Open Unseeded Elite Competition to help with their selection process for the 2011 AIBA World Championships at the Sport and Exhibition Centre venue in Baku, Azerbaijan in September/October.
The 2011 AIBA World Championships, which looks set to break a new record for entries, will act as the first major qualifier for male boxers the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Five boxers have already qualified for the 30th Olympiad through the World Series of Boxing.
Following the 2011 AIBA World Championships there will be one final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers at a venue to be decided in April of next year.
Irish female boxers, including Katie Taylor, the current World, European and EU lightweight champ, will have one opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Championships in China.
Boxing begins at 7pm next Wednesday evening at the National Stadium.