Boxing – Limerick fighters prepare for Worlds


screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-10-11-38TWO YOUNG Limerick boxers are currently in Moscow finishing up preparations before they box in the World Youth championships starting in St Petersburg at the end of this week.
Patrick O’Donovan (right) and Kevin Sheehy (left) will wear the Irish vest in the competition that has attracted  more than 400 boxers from 70 countries,
O’Donovan, who is trained by his dad Martin in Our Lady of Lourdes boxing club, has  already tasted world success in the Baltic city,
Last year he captured the world silver junior medal and will be one of the favourites to add to his medal tally in the coming weeks,
Sheehy, who boxes out of St Francis under Ken Moore, has impressed of late, winning the national under 18 championships and has excelled in the training camps up to now. The Carew Park native will compete in the superheavyweight division and will be one to watch.  The Irish team has spared no expense getting the boxers ready for this competition with training camps in Dublin, Belfast and Moscow in the run up to kick off on Thursday November 19,
Team manager Stephen Connelly is happy with their progress and expects big performances for the Limerick duo,
“The team is in great condition and spirits and both Kevin and Patrick have worked very hard with their preparations, The draw is hugely important in these events but there is no reason both boys couldn’t win a medal at this championship.they’re in great form,” Connelly said.
The last Limerick boxer to win a medal at this stage was Andy Lee. The St Francis boxer and former world middleweight champion won a silver medal in Cuba in 2002.