Sean Kelly can’t wait to get back to the National Stadium again – but the Dunfanaghy ABC puncher is this week heading off to Boston with the Donegal Boxing Team.
The 15-strong team jets out on Tuesday morning from Dublin Airport and will take on a Boston Boxing Academy selection on Thursday night, St Patrick’s Day-eve.
“I can’t wait. It’ll be a great experience,” Kelly says.
“It’s a good, solid team going. It’s great to get a chance to represent Donegal and get away to see the world.”
Letterkenny native Kelly is also a talented soccer player, but has given up for now on his commitments to Bonagee United to concentrate on boxing.
He says: “I just wasn’t ablt to keep it all up – it was too much.”
Kelly represented Donegal against Mayo in an inter-county tournament recently and defeated Martin McDonagh.
Last April, Kelly reached the Youth 1 46kgs final, but lost out to Terry Donoghue from Athy in a tight decider.
“We thought I’d won it. He was a very good boxer. He got a European silver in the summer. I was thinking: That could have been me. I want to get back there and get a title. It was great to be in the Stadium boxing.”
Kelly had hoped to box in the Commonwealth Youth Games tournament recently in Belfast, but couldn’t compete due to a shoulder injury – but he’s fit and well as he heads to Boston with dreams of returning to the capital again.
He says: “I want to win the Ulsters and get back to the stadium.”Tags: