Ireland’s Youths get their Pavlyukov Memorial campaign underway in Anapa, Russia tomorrow.
Irish captain Shane Flavin, Kieran Molloy, Kevin Kehoe, Michael Nevin, Aaron McKenna, Paddy Donovan and James McGivern are between the ropes.
Brian Kennedy received a bye into the last-eight and meets Russia on Sunday with at least a bronze medal up for grabs.
The squad have been training and sparring with the host nation, Cuba, Azerbaijan, Scotland and a number of other countries in Anapa for the last number of days in the build up to the tournament know as the mini World Championships.
“All the top nations are here at a very prestigious tournament. The boys have had an excellent training camp here in Anapa and are ready to give it 100% tomorrow,” said Irish coach Billy McClean.
Boxing begins at 9am (Irish time) tomorrow morning and will run straight through. Fifty four bouts will be resolved in both rings on Saturday.
Pavlyukov Memorial Anapa, Russia March 11/16
Preliminaries (last 16)
Morning session – (8am Irish time)
52kg Shane Flavin (Ireland) v Rusian Sinicyn (Russia)
64kg Kieran Molloy (Ireland) v Tyler Jolly (Scotland)
75kg Kevin Kehoe (Ireland) v Jack Gipp (Australia)
56kg Aaron McKenna (Ireland) v Stuart Williams (Scotland)
56kg James McGivern (Ireland) v Mamapali Nursuit (Kyrgyzstan)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Hamraous Loures (France)
69kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Aybek Akylkbekuulu (Kyrgyzstan)
81kg Brian Kennedy (Ireland) v Sergey Murashey (Russia)
52kg Shane Flavin (Paulstown)
56kg Aaron McKenna (Old School)
56kg James McGivern (St Georges)
60kg Paddy Donovan (OLOL)
64kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
69kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
75kg Kevin Keogh (Marble City)
81kg Brian Kennedy (St Marys D)
Team manager: Gerry O’Mahony
Coaches: Billy McClean & Fergal McKenna
Physio Orla O’Rourke
R&J: Larry Durand