Michael O’Reilly vows to return to the ring

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Micheal O’Reilly has vowed to fight again.

The Portlaoise talent was a big Rio medal hope, but never got to fight at the most recent Olympic installment after being sent home for a ‘violation of anti doping rules.’

The incident raised questions over the European Games champion and World Championships bronze medalist, but the middleweight has vowed to fight on.

“I will be back in the ring,” insisted O’Reilly when he was doorstepped by the Sunday World.

“I will box again, when this is all over,” he added.

O’Reilly admitted that he unintentionally took a supplement given to him by someone outside his team which may have contained a prohibited substance and he didn’t contest the provisional ban imposed on him by boxing authorities.

When asked if he has turned his back on boxing, the 23 year old denied the claims and said he will release a statement explaining the situation very soon.

“That’s not true. I’ll release a statement and that’ll be very shortly.”

O’Reilly has been on the radar of professional promoters and a medal in Rio would have seen a host of offers come in, however it’s unclear whether or not he will return as a pro in America or see out a potential ban levied by Irish authorities and return to international amateur competition.

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