OLYMPIC Boxing Club’s Gabriel Dossen had the distinction of winning the first Irish title of 2018 when he took the gold medal at 75kg at the U-22 national championships with a unanimous decision over Drogheda’s Chris O’Reilly at the National Stadium last weekend.
Despite being up against more experienced fighters at the tournament, 18-year-old Dossen – a World and European Youth medallist – was not only in fine form in his convincing 5-0 win over O’Reilly. but also showed his class in the semi-final when defeating the highly rated Johnny Joyce.
“There was stiff competition in his weight category,” outlines Dossen’s coach, Michael Mongan. “In the semi-final, he beat Johnny Joyce from St. Michael’s, Athy and Joyce is a five-time European medallist and a 10-time National champion. So, that was a big win.
“In the final, he beat Christopher O’Reilly from the Holy Family in Drogheda. Again, O’Reilly is a multiple National champion and he was on the World Youth squad with Gabriel in 2016 that went to St. Petersburg.”
Since exploding onto the scene when securing gold medals at the Haringey Cup and U-18 national championships and a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships in Russia in 2016, Dossen has quickly established himself as a fighter with huge potential.
His coach agrees. “We are delighted with his progress,” states Mongan. “Again, he just seems to be getting better with every fight and his progression and development have taken off at a phenomenal rate. He just seems to be getting better and better with every competition.”
Following last weekend’s win, Dossen has booked a place on the plane to the U-22 European Championships in Romania in March. He is not the only Olympic boxer though who will be packing his bags, with Edward Barrett also heading for foreign shores after winning the U-18 81kg title at the National Stadium last weekend.
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