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Letterkenny man bows out of Commonwealth Games

Stephen McMonagle (back left) with some of his Holy Trinity team-mates

STEPHEN McMonagle’s Commonwealth Games is over.
The Letterkenny man, who is part of the Northern Ireland boxing team, lost out to Patrick Mailata in his 91kg+ quarter-final on a unanimous decision in the Gold Coast earlier today.
An analytical chemist, McMonagle (28) had been in full-time training with the Northern Ireland team at Jordanstown since January.
Boxing out of the Holy Trinity club in Belfast, McMonagle had been looking to book his place in the super-heavy semi final.
Former rugby league player Mailata, who lost in his first fight at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, believes he is ready for anything the Gold Coast has to offer after working alongside Anthony Joshua.
He said: “I handled myself alright in the ring and I’m confident that if I can dance with him I can basically dance with anybody.”

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