Derry’s two Commonwealth Games representatives, boxers Sean McGlinchey and Connor Coyle, will fly out to a German training camp today as they step up preparations for the 2014 Games in Glasgow this summer.
St Joseph’s ABC middleweight, Coyle and Oak Leaf ABC’s light-heavyweight, McGlinchey, are part of the 11 strong N. Ireland boxing team taking part in the Games which begin on July 23rd.
The talented pair will fly to Halle in southern Germany today where they will be put through their paces in an intensive eight day training camp involving some of the world’s top amateur boxers.
“We’ll be training twice a day and then sparring in a very intense, world level training camp,” said Coyle. “We’re looking forward to it. It will be great for us to see what level we are at before we compete at the Commonwealths and what we need to work on from now until then.”
Incidentally, Coyle also received a call-up to the Ireland squad which take part in an international tournament in the Czech Republic on June 5th.
Meanwhile, former St Mary’s ABC clubman, Marc McLaughlin, who just missed out on making the Commonwealth team, will be fighting in London tonight in what’s expected to be one of his final amateur contests.
The Creggan man intends to turn professional in the near future.
“I’ll be having talks with a few people before my fight with regards to turning professional,” confirmed Marc.
“I know Darren Barker. who is associated with top promoter, Eddie Hearn, and he will be in attendance on Friday night so, all things going well, this could be my last fight wearing a vest!” concluded the local man.