Letterkenny man Stephen McMonagle is one win from a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
McMonagle boxes out of the famed Holy Trinity ABC in Belfast and was selected for duty after Joe Joyce, who beat him at the Ulster Elites, was unable to travel to Gold Coast with the Northern Ireland team.
McMonagle is one of six NI boxers to receive a bye into the quarter-finals.
Super-heavyweight McMonagle can clinch a medal next Tuesday when he will face either Scotland’s Mitchell Barton or Patrick Mailata from New Zealand.
Mailata is a highly-touted puncher who sparred with Anthony Joshua in the lead-up to last weekend’s world heavyweight title win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff.
Michaela Walsh – a Commonwealth silver medalist in Glasgow – Kristina O’Hara, Alanna Nihell, Carly McCaul, Damien Sullivan and McMonagle will all open their bids at the quarter-final phase.
McMonagle is one of four Donegal athletes at the Games.
Finn Valley athletes Dempsey McGuigan and Summer Lecky and Raphoe badminton player Rachael Darragh are also competing.Tags: