Billy Walsh: Irish team will give it eveything to make London 2012
It is last chance saloon for Ireland’s London 2012 hopefuls as the final Olympic qualifiers glove off in Turkey this Friday.
Paddy Barnes, David Oliver Joyce, Ross Hickey, Tommy McCarthy, Joe Ward, Adam Nolan and Con Sheehan all bid to join Michael Conlan, Darren O’Neill and John Hoe Nevin at the 30th Olympiad.
The window of opportunity is wider for fighters at certain weights and qualification will be particularly difficult for Tommy McCarthy and Ross Hickey, as they would have to win the tournament to make it to London.
Irish head coach Billy Walsh admits it won’t be easy but stressed the team won’t be found wanting in terms of effort and determination.
“It’s going to be very, very tough. It’s an Olympic qualifier at the end of the day and it’s all coming down to this week,” Walsh told the Independent.
“Every division is going to be hard at these qualifiers, but our boys are going to make it hard for everyone else. The only prediction I have is that we will be giving it everything.
“We will be laying everything on the line to try and gain qualification and hopefully we get a little bit of luck along the way.”
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