Limerick teenage boxing talent is USA bound

Limerick teenage boxing talent is USA bound

Paddy Donovan, left, of Our Lady Of Lourdes Boxing Club, and Brett McGinty, of Derry, prior to their departure to the USA

LIMERICK rising boxing star Paddy Donovan jetted out to the US this Thursday as part of an Irish squad to meet the USA in three internationals.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Boxing Club member will fight in the 64kg category.

Donovan and his Irish colleagues will meet the USA in Boston next Monday, Springfield on March 15 and Manchester, New Hampshire on March 21.

In February, the Limerick talent claimed the Irish U-22 welterweight title – his tenth national triumph.

The World Junior silver medalist temporarily stepped up to 60kg and defeated Michael Avetisian.

In October 2017, he boxed in the European Youth Championships in Antalya,Turkey and back in November 2015 he boxed in the AIBA World Youth Championships in St Petersburg, Russia.

The Irish team manager is Bernard Dunne with Head Coach Zauri Antia. The Irish coaching team is Phillip Keogh, Martin Donovan and Paul Thompson.

Irish squad:

Female: 54kg: Lauren Hogan (St Brigids BC); 60kg: Kellie Harrington (St Marys BC); 69kg: Grainne Walsh (Spartacus BC); 75kg: Aoife Burke (St Mary’s BC).

Male: 91kg+: Dean Gardiner (Clonmel BC); 91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield BC); 81kg: Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes (Holy Trinity BC); 75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise BC); 75kg: Brett McGinty (Oakleaf BC); 75kg: Gerard French (Clonard BC); 69kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard BC); 69kg: Eugene McKeever (Holy Family BC); 64kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise BC); 64kg: Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard BC); 64kg: Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC); 60kg: George Bates (St Mary’s BC); 60kg: Francis Cleary (Ballina BC); 56kg: Evan Metcalfe (Hyland Academy BC).