Monday 20 November 2017

Boxing fans can see Olympic heroes Katie Taylor and Paddy Barnes fight for free today

Katie Taylor and Paddy Barnes
Katie Taylor and Paddy Barnes

Sean McGoldrick

Irish boxing fans get a rare opportunity to see their Olympic heroes in action this afternoon (Wednesday) when Ireland takes on Lithuania in a test match at 4pm in the National Stadium. Admission is free

While World and European champion Michael Conlan is absent due to strained ligaments in his hand, the rest of the squad – including Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, Joe Ward and Steven Donnelly are due to fight.

The Lithuanian squad including current European welterweight champion, Eimastas Stanionis and bronze medallist Evaldas Petrauskas.

Both nations are preparing for next month’s European Olympic qualifiers in Samsun, Turkey. The Irish squad for the qualifiers leave for a final training camp in Assisi, Italy next Monday.

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