Darren O’Neill (25) was highly successful at underage levels and finished second at light heavyweight at the Irish National Championships 2005 and 2006, behind Kenneth Egan.

He has since won three national middleweight championships, where he has excelled since switching from light heavyweight. He lost to the late Darren Sutherland in the middleweight division on a questionable decision in 2008.

O’Neill lives in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny.

He is the 2009 European Union champion and 2010 European Championships silver medallist.

In the 2010 European Championships he defeated four opponents, including medal favourite Sergey Derevyanchenko of Ukraine, before losing to Artem Chebotarev of Russia in the final.

He was named the captain of the Irish boxing team at the 2011 European Championships.He secured automatic Olympic qualification for the 2012 London Games at the World Amateur Championships 2011, where he reached the quarter-finals.

First in Olympic action on 28 July in the round of 32. Fight at 1.30pm or 8.30pm.