European powerhouses Ireland and France will clash at the National Stadium tonight featuring some of Ireland’s high profile Olympic boxers – and you can watch it live on Aertv from 7.30pm.
The Boys in Green meet Les Bleus at the home of Irish boxing in what is expected to be highly competitive contest between the two nations – with Olympians Darren O’Neill and Paddy Barnes set to line out for the Irish side.
France have named Christian M’billi-Assomo in a visiting team packed with National Elite Champions.
You can watch the whole event on Aertv for €2.50, with commentary provided by Olympic Silver Medalist Kenneth Egan and current Junior Elite High Performance Coach Billy Mc Clean.
Darren O’Neill, who captained Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics knows that the French side will be a tough match:
“The French international is a good chance for people to view some of our well known top stars such as Paddy Barnes. It also gives people a chance to view some of our lesser known, up and coming stars such as Dean Walsh.
“It is a good way to close off the season and year ahead of a hectic Christmas before Nationals in the New Year and important and busy year next that includes European and World Championships along with the first ever European Games.
“With some of our boys preparing to enter the WSB franchises it is also a good blow out for them to measure their fitness and levels before competition.”
Here is the full Irish squad list for the event tonight:
49kg Hugh Myers (Ryston) Brendan Irvine (St Pauls, Antrim)
52kg Paddy Barnes (Holy Family) Adam Courtney (St Marys)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal) Gary McKenna (Old School)
60kg George Bates (St Marys) Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
64kg Dean Walsh (St Ibars/St Josephs) Ross Hickey (Grangecon)
69kg Adam Nolan (Bray)
75kg Fergus Quinn (Camlough)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zuar Antia, John Conlan, Eddie Bolger