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 Irish-Boxing.com 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.”