Historic night at National Stadium tonight

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By Bernard O’Neill – IABA Press Officer

The National Stadium, the first purpose built boxing venue in the world in 1939, has hosted many historic events.

Friday evening will be another such occasion in Dublin.

Ireland take on England in the first ever Schoolgirls international held on this island with top prospects from both countries due to meet/

IABA President Pat Ryan believes Friday’s meeting could be the beginning of the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.

“We are delighted to host this international meeting with England at the National Stadium and we’re all very much looking forward to what is an historic first.”

“Our female boxers have also secured medals at all levels in Olympic, World and European competition and are a tremendous source of pride to the Association.”

“We can see the talent consistently emerging from our clubs who deserve enormous credit.Hundreds of young our boxers entered the Girls Championships this year. It is a very exciting time for the sport.””

Amanda Coulson, England Talent Lead coach said “this is a fantastic opportunity for a team of talented boxers to gain valuable international experience.

“England’s schoolgirls won eight gold medals at the GB Schools Three Nations, and there were some exceptional performances at this year’s Schools Championships, so I’m looking forward to seeing the boxers in action against Ireland.”

“This is the first meeting between both nations at this level and the team are very much looking forward to Friday’s international. England’s schoolgirls won eight gold medals at the GB Schools Three Nations, and there were some exceptional performances at this year’s Schools Championships, so I’m looking forward to seeing the boxers in action against Ireland.”

England arrived in Dublin early yesterday evening ahead of the historic meeting.

Boxing begins tonight at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available on the door.

€5 for Children U/14 and €10 for Adults.

Ireland v England – Schoolgirls International (7.30pm)

(Provisional match ups)

40kg Breda Quilligan (Rathkeale BC) v Alex Brown (Newbiggin)

44kg Saoirse Morrissey (Setanta BC) v Gaynor French (North Road)

46kg Chloe McDaid (Illies GG BC) v Maria Edwards (Collyhurst and Moston)

46kg Chloe Gabriel (Mulhuddart BC) v Jessica Pattinson (Alnwick)

48kg Meghan Lehane (Rylane BC) v Sameenah Toussaint (Norholt)

50kg Linda Desmond (Rylane BC) v Sophie Morton (Droitwich)

52kg Zoe McGlone (Emerald BC) v Jude English (Hamer)

54kg Rebecca Touhy (Esker BC) v Danielle Marshall (Hartlepool Catholic)

57kg Charlie Horgan (Ryston BC) v Brook Eaton (Five Star)

63kg Keisha Atwell (Ennis BC) v Emily Asquith (Bridlington)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]