World champion Kellie Harrington is convinced that boxing will be part of the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan – but she hasn’t even started to think about winning a medal in Tokyo.
Harrington took gold at the world championships in India last year, beating Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee in the light final.
This makes her as one of Ireland’s leading medal contenders for Tokyo 2020, even though she is yet to qualify and boxing’s place at the Games is in doubt amid allegations of corruption.
"I know boxing is going to be there and I’m just staying positive," said the Dubliner, speaking to RTÉ Six One.
"There’s no point in being negative – no one needs negative energy and no one needs to be around me if I’m negative. So it’s all positive; positive vibes."
When asked about her medal prospects, she said: "It’s too soon; I won’t picture myself on that podium until 2020. It’s too soon."
Harrington is proud to be from the capital’s north inner-city and she says her friends and family from the area were the ones who kept her going through the tough times.
"When you’re at your lowest people would be coming up to you and asking ‘When’s your next fight?’ and I could say that I’m packing it in and they’d be all like ‘You can’t pack it in!’. Stuff like that, it gives you the boost to go on," she explained.
"It’s great to be able to come home and show them a medal and tell them that if I can do this, you can do this too."