Boxer in High Court today

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Updated: August 19, 2011

Irish youth boxing champion Michael O’Reilly has taken a case to the High Court over his “deselection” from the national team ahead of the European Youth Boxing Championships.

O’Reilly (18) who fights as a welterweight has brought the action against the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. The court was told that the boxer was dropped from the Irish panel after missing a training session two weeks ago, as he needed to get his van fixed.

The vehicle in question got damaged when O’Reilly allowed a fellow boxer with no license or insurance park his car.

The 18-year-old claims his subsequent deselection by the IABA ahead of the European Youth Championships next week was a disproportionate disciplinary measure.

His lawyers say the decision jeopardises his annual €5,000 sports grant and the young boxer could lose his chance of competing in the 2012 Olympics.

The hearing continues today.

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