Boxing: Cathal McMonagle aiming for Euro medal
Without a doubt Cathal McMonagle would have bagged a Commonwealth Games medal only for a dispute with the Ulster Council which left him at home. Now he wants European glory.
The laid back super-heavyweight is part of the Irish team bidding for medals at the European Championships in Turkey, which start tomorrow in Ankara.
McMonagle was unable to commit to the training regime laid down by Ulster boxing chiefs due to his work commitments but with a place at the Olympics his main goal for 2011, he has put his role as an engineer at Andor Technology on hold.
McMonagle bounced back from the pain of missing out on Delhi with victory in the Irish championships, which booked his trip to Turkey.
Having worked with the Irish squad in Sheffield, McMonagle believes he’s ready to take on some of the best fighters in the world.
McMonagle said: “The sparring in Sheffield really brought me on. I can feel an all-round improvement.”
While the Irish team suffered the late blow of Paddy Barnes having to withdraw, Irish coach Billy Walsh remains confident of success.
“The European Championships will be very competitive and if we don't bring our best performance to the table them someone else will take our place, it's as simple as that really,” admitted head coach Walsh.
“We won five medals at this level the last time, an incredible achievement by any standard.”