The Accidental Headbutt Ep 1 – Irish-Boxing and Balls discuss our medal hopes

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Irish boxers get their Rio campaign underway today at the Riocentro Pavilion 6.

First up is welterweight Steven Donnelly at 16:15 (Irish time) before Davey Oliver Joyce is in action at 21:30.

Two Cinderella stories and the perfect beginning to what will hopefully be a successful and medal-filled two weeks in Brazil.

Going into the Games there has been something of a lack of in-depth analysis and discussion of the Irish team’s chances – with time-constrained radio shows understandably having to either focus on the main names or offer little more than passing introductions to the lesser-known members of the Irish team.

With that in mind, ourselves and Gavan Casey of sat down for a 45 minute chat where we discussed the chances of each individual fighter in the Irish squad and took a look at their potential opponents – with some interesting (debatably) tidbits along the way.

‘The Accidental Headbutt’ will have two further installments over the next two weeks where we will be dissecting the Irish performances, previewing fights, and hopefully toasting some medals.

Listen to The Accidental Headbutt Episode 1 in full below:

Joe O'Neill

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