Roy Sheahan withdraws from Seniors

The fairytale story sadly will not happen for Roy Sheahan.

The St Michael’s Athy fighter had intended to make a comeback aged 32 at the National Elite Senior Championships which begin tomorrow (Friday February 3rd) in Dublin.

The four-time champion was due to enter at middleweight, and team mate Eric Donovan had commented on how Sheahan was looking sensational in training.

However, the Kildare boxer has tonight confirmed that he will be unable to enter.

The 2007 EU gold medalist explained how “I started a new job this week, I’m up at 6 and not home till between 7 and 8:30. Very hard as I’m trying to make weight and can’t train like the way I was the last few weeks.”

“My head is just not there, I’m going around like a starving zombie and it’s affecting me in work and when I come home trying to lose weight.”

“I’m sorry to everyone that was following me. Me and my coach Dom [O’Rourke] have trained like a mad the last few weeks but this week just has my head gone.”

“Best of luck everyone entering. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to be Irish champion in three weeks. Gutted, but life goes on.”

Nine fighters remain at the weight:
David Bicevas (St Saviours OBA)
Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)
Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan)
Conor Doherty (Emerald)
Caoimhin Hynes (Holy Trinity)
John Joyce (St Michaels Athy)
Glory Carlos Lmuala (Maynooth)
Fearghus Quinn (Camlough)
Tommy Zold (Ballyhaunis)

Joe O'Neill

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