Dublin Duo go for Gold

by Jonny Stapleton
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Sean Mari hopes to be roaring in delight after a week or so of enduring Jack Marley’s snoring.

The soldier is one of 10 fighters chosen to go into European Championship battle by the High-Performance coaches and is Ireland’s flyweight representative at the prestigious tournament in Armenia.

The European U-22 and World Military Games medal winner is rooming with brother in arms Marley and points out that having his Monkstown clubmate and close pal alongside him for a tournament that gloved off earlier this week is a massive positive – well except when it comes to getting some sleep.  

“It’s great having big Jack beside me,” he says when asked about the heavyweight.  

“We push each other on in training all the time, he was part of my first Europeans last year in Italy and it’s great to have him with me again over here in Armenia… just a pity about his snoring.”

Mari, who represented Ireland at the World Championships last October, goes into the tournament determined to reach the top of the podium.  

“The gold medal is always the goal and it’s exactly what I’m aiming for. I think if you’re going into a championship with anything less than that mindset you might as well not be here.

“But as always I won’t look past the first bell of the first contest,” he adds before revealing has traveled in a confident mood.

“I’m flying fit for this tournament, sparring camp in Italy went really well great spars with the best in the world and held my own and more against them so confidence is high.”

Mari and Marley are two of three Dubs selected on a young and fresh-faced team. Luke Maguire of Esker BC makes up the Capital collection and is extremely excited ahead of his major Internation tournament debut.

“It’s great to be selected it’s a big honour to box for my country at such a major tournament and it’s a massive achievement for me and my club.”

Speaking on his hopes going into the tournament, Maguire says he plans “to be the best version of myself and implement the things I have learned and practiced in the High Performance over the last few months.

“I’ll be taking one fight at a time and the goal is always to win.”

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Sean Mari and Jack Marley on their way to Armenia this week

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