Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Ryan Lindberg’s sights on more Ulster glory

Ryan Lindberg will weigh in tomorrow seeking a sixth consecutive title at the Sport NI Ulster Elite championships.

Lindberg will be one of five Immaculata ABC boxers stepping onto the scales at St Agnes ABC for the championships which will kick off next week at Donegal Celtic Social Club.

The Mac has a long and proud history of senior success and top coach Nugget Nugent is confident that Lindberg, John and Fredo Meli as well as Paul Hyland and James Fryers can once again deliver glory for the Belfast club.

Lindberg said: “I’ve won the Ulster title since I became a senior boxer at 17 and I’m excited about going into the championships and winning another title. All you can do is prepare well and hope for the best.

“It’s great that the club has so many in the championships, we’ve all been working alongside each other, feeding off each other and the confidence is there with everyone going into these championships.”

Lindberg defeated Tyrone McCullagh on a countback last year before losing to the Donegal man at the Irish championships and the two are expected to meet again in the 56kg decider.

“The Ulster championships are a great way to get ready for the Irish championships which are a week later,” added Lindberg.

“I thought I could have gone all the way last year in Dublin but I lost to Tyrone McCullagh. Tyrone and John Joe Nevin are going to be the big threats.”

This year’s championships will definitely see some new champions as the only medal winners from the Commonwealth Games, expected to weigh in tomorrow are Paddy Gallagher and Paddy Barnes.

Eamonn O’Kane and Tommy McCarthy are in Milan for the World Series of Boxing, while Steven Ward has decided to focus on next month’s Irish championships.

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