When Micheal Conlan takes his seat on the Plan to Rio close pal Paddy Barnes will most likely be beside him.
However, when the World number 1 bantamweight looks across the isle he expects to see London 2012 gold medal winner Katie Taylor all set for her second Olympics.
Boxing’s ultimate cross over star Taylor lost her first fight in five years when she lost to Yana Alekseevna last week and as a result Olympic qualification was put on hold.
Taylor now has to wait for the World championships to seal a Rio berth, but Micheal Conlan is adamant defeat was a bump rather than a road block on the Road to Rio.
“She came back a 100 times stronger after her last defeat five years ago and won an Olympic gold medal.
“The same thing is going to happen again,” the Rio Gold hopeful explained.
“The work she puts in is phenomenal. I don’t know anyone more dedicated than her. She’ll bounce back, I know it. All the best lose, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson. They lose, but they come back stronger and so will Katie.”