Willie claims Irish elite squad place

William McLaughlin, beaten finalist in the recent Eurpoean Championships.  (2606JB40)
William McLaughlin, beaten finalist in the recent Eurpoean Championships. (2606JB40)

ILLIES GOLDEN Gloves amateur boxer, Willie McLaughlin claimed his place on the Irish team for next month’s European Elite Championships following a tense victory over John Joe Joyce in Sunday’s Box-off Final at the National Stadium.

The Buncrana welterweight had one point to spare over the St Michael’s Athy boxer, winning 9-8 to secure his place in the Irish team.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association used the box-offs to decide both the 60kg and 69kg places on the Irish team for the 2011 Eurpoean Elite Championships which begin in Ankara, Turkey on June 14th.

The ten-man Irish squad made their way to Sheffield yesterday for a training camp with Great Britain, Poland and Estonia. The squad will return home on June 5th before traveling to Ankara on June 11th.

Ireland claimed five medals, one gold, one silver and three bronze at the 2010 European Elite Championships in Moscow to finish second in the medals table behind Russia.

St Mary’s BC, Dublin boxer, Michael McDonagh also won his lightweight final against St Michael’s David Oliver to earn his place in the squad, securing a 10-9 victory in a repeat of the 2011 Elite Lightweight Final which McDonagh won.

Irish 2011 European Elite

Championships Squad

49Kg - Paddy Barnes (Holy Family).

52Kg - Michael Conlon (St John Bosco)

56Kg - John Joe Nevin (Cavan)

60Kg - Michael McDonagh (St Mary’s)

64Kg - Ray Moylette (St Anne’s)

69Kg - Willie McLaughlin (Illies GG)

75Kg - Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)

81Kg - Joe Ward (Moate)

91Kg - Con Sheehan (Clonmel)

91+Kg - Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity)