O'Neill gunning for Amateur Boxing Association England Elite Championship glory
PUBLISHED: 15:43 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:43 22 April 2015
Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club's Kyran O'Neill heads to Liverpool this week for the Amateur Boxing Association England Elite Championships.
O’Neill, the Home Counties champion, will be looking to taste glory in the 56kg category.
Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, he said: “Having trained through Christmas, trained/sparred on my birthday and put the hours in, I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life.
“Of course I aim to bring the belt back belt to WGC just like the other seven seven lads going for it and I cannot wait to box at the Echo Arena.
“Having only had a handful of senior bouts I’m a bit of an underdog, however I believe I can go all the way.”
O’Neill’s coach Harry Carrick, added: “Kyran has been really sharp in training.
“He knows it will be tough, but hopefully that will bring the best out in him.”
In preparation for the Championships, O’Neill has sparred with ex-WGC BC fighter Mitchell Smith, the WBO European super featherweight champion.
Smith won the senior ABAE title before turning professional.
The quarter-finals take place at the Echo Arena on Friday with the semi-finals Saturday and the finals on Sunday.
The fighters in the 56kg category are: Peter McGrail (Everton Red Triangle) Seed 1; Reece Mould (Doncaster Plant) Seed 2; Callum French (Birtley) Seed 3; Paul Roberts (Chard); Marcel Braithwaite (Golden Gloves); Hassan Mahmood (Bury); Chris Bourke (Balham); Kyran O’Neill (WGC).