Darren O'Neill

Darren O'Neill
Medal record
Representing  Ireland
Men’s Boxing
World Golden Gloves Championships
2013 Waldorf, USA Light-heavyweight
European Amateur Championships
2010 Moscow Middleweight
European Union Amateur Championships
2009 Odense Middleweight
2014 Sofia Light-heavyweight

Darren O'Neill is an Irish boxer from Paulstown, County Kilkenny, Ireland. He captained Ireland's boxers at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1]


O'Neill claimed all honours around him in Ireland at underage levels, as well as playing for Kilkenny U-21 hurley team.[2] He finished second at light-heavyweight at the National Championships 2005 and 2006 behind Kenneth Egan.[3] O'Neill has since won four national middleweight championships and two heavyweight championships where he has excelled. He lost to Darren Sutherland on a close decision in 2008.[4] He also lost out on a chance to compete at an Olympic qualifier to Sutherland in an IABA box-off.[5] O'Neill was also 2009 European Union champion and 2010 European silver medalist.[6] In the 2010 European championships he defeated four opponents including medal favourite Sergey Derevyanchenko of Ukraine before losing to Artem Chebotarev of Russia in the final.[7] He was named the captain of the Irish boxing team at the 2011 European Championships.[8] He secured automatic Olympic qualification for the 2012 London games in the World Amateur Championships 2011. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London he again captained the Irish boxing team, but went out in the last 16 to Stefan Härtel.[1] He bore the flag for Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. By 2015, he had moved up to heavyweight, reaching the Irish final.[9]

See also

RTE's collection of O'Neill articles - https://www.rte.ie/sport/search/?q=darren%20o'neill


  1. 1 2 Hogan, Vincent (2 August 2012). "Darren O'Neill's Olympic dream over after losing to 'awkward' German". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. "Taylor and O'Neill win gold in Turkey". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  3. "Egan to face O'Neill once again". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  4. "National Amateur Championships round-up". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  5. "Sutherland reaches Olympic qualifiers". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  6. "Victories for Joyce and O'Neill". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  7. "Barnes takes gold, O'Neill settles for silver". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
  8. O'Neill, Michael (15 June 2011). "Darren O'Neill captains Irish boxers". Sports News Ireland. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  9. "O'Neill into heavyweight final at first attempt". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
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