Kelyn Cassidy believes he is seeing the fruits of his hard labour in Poland this week.
The Waterford light heavyweight has established himself as number 1 at the weight in Ireland over the last two years and is now starting to make an impact on the international stage.
Indeed, having defeated Great Britain’s Taylor Jay Bevan via a unanimous decision in the European Games on Monday, the somewhat come-from-the-back-of-the-field talent is now just one win away from medaling at a major international tournament and becoming an Olympian.
Cassidy credits hard work with the impressive progress; “I’ve been putting in the hard work back in Ireland, back in the High Performance centre so I know that all the boxes are ticked. I can’t doubt myself, out there is where you enjoy it, and that’s what I’m here to do; perform and represent myself.”
Reflecting on one of the best wins of his career he points out he was aware he needed a fast start and knew he needed a gear change going into the last.
Speaking afterwards he said; “From the get-go I knew we had to win the first round. The boxer from GB; he’s a good lad, very, very good. We knew that the first round was the main round, so we got up. The second round was just a bit cagey, I knew he was going to put it on me because he’s tough. He was tough and he did put it on me, so I have to give him that. But it was down 3-2 in the second round, so we kicked on the third round and knew we had to grab it, so happy days!
“He’s a very tough lad and would hurt you, he’s really strong. But look, you just need to stick to my boxing, that’s what I’m here to do, box and perform, and it is paying off! ”