Geoffrey Kavanagh is back and ready to get going on a path that ends with him at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Glasnevin BC heavyweight won the National Under 22 Championships on Friday night, four years after winning the last edition of the tournament.
The 2014 Intermediate champion took on the reigning Intermediate king Cormac Long, and came out on top following a bruising affair at the National Stadium, claiming a unanimous decision victory.
Kavanagh spoke to Irish-Boxing.com following the win, and while he was unhappy with his performance, he knows that he can do big things.
“It didn’t go to plan,” he admitted. “To be honest, he wasn’t really at my level, I just didn’t perform.”
“40%. That’s what you’ve seen here. Get me at 90%, 100%, and I will bring home world titles. That’s what it’s all about.”
It was a title-winning return for Kavanagh who had drifted away somewhat following his explosion onto the scene. He described how “I’m 21 now, I had a bit of personal things going on. I kinda stood back for a year or two after the Intermediates, I just had to stop for myself for a while.”
“My shit’s together now, I’m only at about 40% but I’m ready to go again. My coach Jimmy Halpin is going to get me to 100%, Paul Thompson as well.”
“We’re going to go all the way, 2020 [Tokyo Olympics] is in our sights.”
The confident Cabra boxer is adamant that he is the best 91kg boxer in the country, and has immediately turned his attention to claiming the spot held by London Olympian Darren O’Neill these past few years.
“We’re going to go to the Seniors next month,” he outlined. “We’re going to win them, then I’m going to win every qualifier possible, I’m going to the Olympics in 2020. Get me to 100% and no one is going to touch me.”
Kavanagh is a member of the Armed Forces, stationed at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines, and also took the time to thank them, explaining that “my job’s backing me, they’re behind me all the way.”
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