Cork’s Eamer Coughlan admits that being one of the youngest members of Team Ireland takes some pressure off ahead of the upcoming World Youth Championships in St Petersburg, but the 17 year old bantamweight stresses that he is travelling to Russia with gold on his mind.
The Riverstown fighter exploded onto the scene last year, taking silver at the World Junior Championships – also held in St Petersburg.
Coughlan has continued to build since then, training twice a day, growing eight kilos, and picking up a second All-Ireland title during the Summer. A hugely exciting offensive fighter to watch, being a year younger than most of his opponents is not something that bothers him.
Regarding his younger age, the Munster teen told Irish-Boxing.com that “it does a bit [take the pressure off], yeah – but I still want to perform and do the best I can over there.”
Ferocious in the ring but mild-mannered outside of it, Coughlan is a focused individual and is aiming to add a lot more silverware to his medal cabinet. While he admits that Tokyo 2020 is an eventual goal, he pointed out that “at the moment I am focused on Russia and getting a gold medal.”