Team Ireland head to Russia – with glove – early tomorrow morning for a final training camp with host nation and Cuba in Moscow ahead of the opening bell for the AIBA World Youth Championships in St Petersburg later this month.
The nine-strong squad completed training camps at Dublin’s National Stadium and the University of Ulster in Belfast over the last number of weeks.
Stephen Connolly is Irish team manager for the World Youths and Billy McClean and John Conlan will be working Ireland’s corner at the biennial tournament.
Over 400 boxers from seventy nations have entered the final AIBA event of 2016 at the 7,000-capacity Sibur Arena in Russia’s second largst city.
Finishing off the training camp phase of preparations with world boxing powerhouses Russia and Cuba is ideal, according to Billy McClean.
“We leave for our final training camp with the Russians and the Cubans tomorrow morning, bright and early. I’m sure there will be another few nations in Moscow as well, he said.
“The boys had excellent training camps in Dublin and Belfast where they trained and sparred with England and Scotland and the Ulster High Performance team in Belfast.
“Moscow will round off our preparations nicely. We leave Moscow for St Petersburg on November 14th. Everyone is ready to go.”
2016 AIBA World Youth Championships St Petersburg, Russia November 17/26
49kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
60kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
69kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken)
91+kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)
Team manager: Stephen Connolly
Coaches: Billy McClean and John Conlan
R&J: Ben McCarrigle