Gabriel Dossen – “People are expecting me to come back with a medal”

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It has been a great year for Galway’s Gabriel Dossen.

Since linking up with Mike Mongan and Olympic BC, light welterweight Dossen has cracked into the Irish team following his second Irish title win of 2016 during the Summer.

Despite his youth and inexperience, Dossen is settling well into the Irish set-up and goes into this weeks World Youth Championships in St Petersburg full of confidence.

The rangey Connacht fighter spoke to and described how “it feels really good, I’m glad that I’m actually on the team and I’m doing really well and coming on a lot with all the different coaches, especially John Conlan, he’s a brilliant coach, everyone around me is really happy.

“Hopefully I do well, there’s big hopes for me out there in the World Championships. People are expecting me to come back with a medal.”

The youngest member of the nine-man Irish team, Dossen will still be 16 when he trades leather in Russia. This doesn’t bother the talented teen however, and he stressed that “it’s only a year difference, there isn’t much, it’s all down to boxing ability.”

“There’s always that bit of nerves inside me, all the lads are top quality lads, but at the end of the day, we all came from the same place.”

Joe O'Neill

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