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'We never knew we’d be coming to Ireland' - how Gabriel Dossen went from a refugee camp to European champion

Meserk Moti and her son Gabriel Dossen share an incredible story on the long road to his boxing glory

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European boxing champion Gabriel Dossen and his mother Meserk Moti with the gold medal he won at the EUBC Elite Men’s European Championships. Photo: Ray Ryan

European boxing champion Gabriel Dossen and his mother Meserk Moti with the gold medal he won at the EUBC Elite Men’s European Championships. Photo: Ray Ryan

European boxing champion Gabriel Dossen. Photo: Ray Ryan

European boxing champion Gabriel Dossen. Photo: Ray Ryan

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European boxing champion Gabriel Dossen and his mother Meserk Moti with the gold medal he won at the EUBC Elite Men’s European Championships. Photo: Ray Ryan

Blown by the winds of war to a refugee camp in the Ivory Coast, a young African woman gave birth to a boy in that camp and in her bid for safety would land on a distant shore many thousands of miles from home.

That boy is now 22 and is Ireland’s newly-minted European middleweight amateur boxing title-holder. Ten days ago Gabriel Dossen returned to Galway from Armenia with his gold medal, his champion’s belt and his journey towards the Paris Olympics right on track.


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