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Irish boxers complete Olympic preparations

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 13:56

Katie Taylor was one of the Olympic boxers training in Assisi
Katie Taylor was one of the Olympic boxers training in Assisi

The Irish Olympic boxing squad wound up their final training camp in Assisi, Italy today and will fly to London on Tuesday ahead of the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Irish squad were training and sparring with Italy, Azerbaijan and a team from the Ukraine.

The Ireland panel finished one final training session amongst themselves on Monday following Sunday’s sparring session with host nation Italy.

The team are due to arrive in London early on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the general weigh-in on Friday.

Eric Donovan and Dean Walsh also trained with the Irish Olympic squad in Assisi.

“We had a fantastic training camp in Assisi and we had world class sparring with Italy and Azerbaijan. The facilities were top class and the squad got a lot of work done,” said Ireland head coach Billy Walsh.

“Everyone is happy and healthy and the team are in a good place. We’re looking forward to getting to London and settling in at the Olympic village and familiarising ourselves with the surroundings and the venue.

“It’s all just a matter of days away now and hopefully we will get the rub of the green in the draw.”

Competition begins in the bantamweight and middleweight classes at the Excel venue on Saturday.

The welterweights will be in action on Sunday, followed by the flyweights on Monday and the light-flyweights on Tuesday.

Women’s boxing will be making its Olympic debut at London 2012 in three weight classes – flyweight, lightweight and middleweight.

The first women’s bout is scheduled for 5 August.

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