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The IABA is this year celebrating the 80th anniversary of the official opening of the National Stadium for the European Elite Championships in 1939.

The National Stadium hosted the last European Championships before WW2 in 1939 and the first European Championships after WW2 in 1947.

Naturally, Ireland’s boxers claimed three gold, one silver and a bronze at the 6th and 7th editions of the tournament.

Meanwhile,18 finals will be decided at the 2018 National Elite finals on Saturday night.

World Elite lightweight champion Kellie Harrington meets Serbia’s Jelena Jelic in an international bout.

“It’s (also) great because now I’m getting an international fight,” said Harrington ahead of her first outing since claiming an historic World Elite gold in New Delhi last November.

Harrington’s St Mary’s BC (Dublin) team mate George Bates is also in action on Saturday versus Antrim’s James McGivern.