Ireland v USA – The Bill

26 February 2009 – Press Release

The IABA has named its squads for the weekend’s double duel with the USA in Dublin and Kildare.

Both nations meet at the National Stadium on Friday night and at the Arch Centre in Athy on Sunday evening.

Beijing bronze medalist Paddy Barnes, World and European champion Katie Taylor and Anthony Crampton will take part in both internationals.

Crampton replaces super heavyweight David Joyce, of the Moate club, who withdrew.

Fridays international will involve nine of the winners from last weekends Elite National Senior finals. Beijing Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan, who claimed an historic ninth Irish senior title in a row six days ago, meets Siju Shabazz and 2008 Olympian and European Union bantamweight champion John Joe Nevin faces Ernie Graza.

World flyweight champion Rau’see Warren will take on Dublin Docklands ace Declan Geraghty, and American 2008 Olympian Raynall Williams goes head-to-head with 2007 European Union silver medalist Carl Frampton, who claimed the Irish featherweight crown last Friday following a three round thriller with David Oliver Joyce.

Meanwhile, five St Michael’s Athy boxers have been called up to the Irish panel for Sunday’s clash.

Beijing Olympian and 2008 European Championships bronze medalist John Joe Joyce, 2008 European Union champion David Oliver Joyce, 2007 European Union champion Roy Sheahan, 2009 Irish senior champion Eric Donovan and 2008 AIBA World Youth bronze medalist David Joyce will be between the ropes.

Team USA has already arrived in Dublin and trained at the National Stadium ahead of Fridays meeting.

Ireland v USA National Stadium Dublin February 27 (7.30pm)

48Kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Louie Byrd (USA)

51Kg: Declan Geraghty (Ireland) v Rau’shee Warren (USA)

54Kg: John Joe Nevin (Ireland) v Ernie Garza (USA)

57Kg: Carl Frampton (Ireland) v Raynall Williams (USA)

60Kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) v Eric Fowler (USA)

60Kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Queen Underwood (USA)

64kg: Philip Sutcliffe (Ireland) v Charles Watson (USA)

69Kg: Willie McLoughlin (Ireland) v Javontae Starks (USA)

75Kg: Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Aleem Whitfield (USA)

81Kg: Ken Egan (Ireland) v Siju Shabazz (USA)

91Kg: Con Sheehan (Ireland) v Paul Koon (USA)

91+Kg: Anthony Crampton (Ireland) v Michael Hunter (USA)

Irish v USA Arch Centre Athy, Kildare March 1 (7.30pm)

48Kg: Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Louie Byrd (USA)

51Kg: Ruairi Dalton (Ireland) v Rau’shee Warren (USA)

54Kg: Ryan Lindberg (Ireland) v Ernie Garza (USA)

57Kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Raynall Williams (USA)

60Kg: Eric Donovan (Ireland) v Eric Fowler (USA)

60Kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Queen Underwood (USA)

64Kg: John Joe Joyce (Ireland) v Charles Watson (USA)

69Kg: Roy Sheahan (Ireland) v Javontae Starks (USA)

75Kg: David Joyce (Ireland) v Aleem Whitfield (USA)

81Kg: Denis Hogan (Ireland) v Siju Shabazz (USA)

91Kg: John Sweeney (Ireland) v Paul Koon (USA)

91+Kg: Anthony Crampton (Ireland) v Michael Hunter (USA)

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