Amateur | Issue | Premium | Aug 21 2019

Sammy Lee and Mickey McDonagh, Wales’ new hopes

Sammy Lee and Mickey McDonagh tell Matt Bevan how they're now pushing for recognition
Sammy Lee
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MICKEY McDONAGH believes that his recent return following a hand injury will see him peak at the right time, as he enters his first senior World championships in Russia next month. The 20-year-old Welshman will travel out to Ekaterinburg alongside his fellow countryman Sammy Lee, as both look to stake their claim for a spot at the Olympics in Tokyo next Summer.

“I’ve been out of the ring for a long time. I feel refreshed and have been back sparring for three weeks, where I’ve been doing well, so I do think that when I get out to Russia, I’ll be hitting top form at exactly the right time,” McDonagh said.

Now the new weight classes have been finalised ahead of Tokyo 2020, McDonagh is one of the beneficiaries. He will box in the new lightweight division, which instead of remaining at 60kg, will be at 63kgs, as the light-welterweight division, previously 64kg, has been disbanded. McDonagh is certain the extra weight will help him, as he looks to build on the bronze medal he won in Australia at last year’s Commonwealth Games. The impressive McDonagh, who has had plenty of success through the age-groups now believes the time is right for him to make his mark at senior level.