Cormac Long – “What I’m aiming for is Tokyo 2020”

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Limerick big man Cormac Long claimed top prize at the National Senior (Elite) Championships last Friday night to kick-start a journey that he hopes will end in Tokyo in four years time.

The Rathkeale heavyweight, a ten-time National champion at underage level, won his first adult All-Ireland at the National Stadium and he is looking forward to becoming a big player on the Irish scene.

The 19 year old stepped up to 91kgs for the tournament and came away a unanimous decision winner following an entertaining final against Marcin Skalski of the Leo’s club in Athlone.

Long spoke to afterwards and described how “it was tough, he was strong, and he was a lot older than me, so he carried a lot more natural strength – so I knew I had to box him.”

“It went well for rounds one and two anyway, but in the third I got a bit tired, I let him in a bit too much.”

“I got the result so I’m happy with that.”

The level-headed Limerick fighter a clear pathway in his head, and outlined how “the plan is to take the under 22s first in January, then rock straight into the Elites – and sure if I don’t win it this year it’s still a great stepping stone for next year and the year after.”

“This was my first competition now as a 91kg, I boxed 81kg from the age of about 13 until last year, I boxed 81kg all the way through I just couldn’t hold it any more. I’ll fill into the weight over the next few years.”

“What I’m aiming for is Tokyo 2020, so I want to be making that step up now as soon as I can.”

Joe O'Neill

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