Tuesday, 9 January 2018

BOXER CONORíS GOING FOR GOLD. thumbnailConor Wallace

CONOR Wallace is looking forward to representing Team NI in the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast in April.

Furthermore the 21-year-old Armagh Road boxer is confident he can win a gold medal. Conor will have loads of support in his golden quest as his whole family of father Brian, mother Serena, brother Guy and sister Niamhellen, as well as several friends, will be travelling to the other side of the globe to watch him as he takes on some of the best amateur boxers in the world.

Speaking to the Democrat Conor said: "Everything has been going well. I've had a great year and for the past 12 months have been unbeaten internationally. I have boxed in many different countries - such as America and Belgium." Asked if he was surprised to be selected Conor answered candidly, saying: "I had no doubt I would be selected for the Games as there is no one in my weight in the country who can beat me. I have ticked all the boxes and have put the work in.

"I have moved up to light-heavyweight as I was killing myself in the gym to make the 75 kilos weight so I moved up and now I feel a lot stronger and have been performing a lot better. Trying to make the weight was leaving me weak and I was fatiguing halfway through the first round and was wrecked by the end of that first round. I'm a lot stronger now and a whole lot fitter."

Conor boxes with the Drogheda's Holy Family club under coaches Damien McKenna and Fergal Fegan. Head coach McKenna was a top class amateur boxer and is currently one of the Irish national coaches.

The Team NI Commonwealth's boxing team head coach is John Conlon, father of Belfast professional Michael Conlon. In that NI team are nine boys and four girls. But Conor, himself a personal trainer with his own gym and business CPW Training and Fitness, is also helped greatly by his strength and conditioning coach Eddie Curran, of Pro Performance.

Conor said: "I would like to thank Eddie for all his great work over the past couple of years. His expertise is beginning to pay off." It will be all go for the super-fit Wallace in the next few months who told the Democrat: "I'm going for a two-week sparring camp on the Gold Coast on March 14 to acclimatise but the full-time training starts this week in Belfast, Monday to Friday with two sessions per day for the next eight weeks."

Then Conor won't be working at his day job as a personal trainer. That job has been going well but Conor says he hasn't been able to dedicate himself to the job as much as he would have liked as he's been away training so much in different countries.

He said: "When I'm at home I can work away and fight at the weekends but it's not so easy when you're fighting abroad. My business does suffer a little. However, I would like to thank my generous sponsors, especially my main sponsor Conor Cole from Rostrevor's Cole Contracts. When I get into full time training I will be looking for more sponsorship."

Conor concluded in a positive manner by saying: "I have no doubt I can win gold in the Commonwealth Games. I am training flat-out and am ready to go. I feel I'm top of the game and am stronger and fitter than ever before."

Newry's Emma McQuaid has also been selected to represent Northern Ireland at the Games. The former international quad racing star will compete in weightlifting, despite only taking part in the sport on three occasions, while Caroline O'Hanlon will captain the Northern Ireland netball team at the Gold Coast in April.


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