Ireland will spar with Cuba at the German Olympic Centre in Kienbaum this afternoon in the countdown to the World Elites Men’s Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

The squad leave Germany on Thursday for Ekaterinburg which is located on the border between Europe and Asia under the shadow of the Ural mountain range.

Approximately 450 athletes from 87 nations have registered to compete at the 20th edition of the World Men’s Elites since the inaugural tournament at Havana 1974.

Team Ireland is training with Germany, Cuba and the Netherlands in Kienbaum. Several Olympic champions are included on the Cuban team.

Boxing begins next Monday in Ekaterinburg.



Meanwhile, the Irish team for the European Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria yesterday.

The draw will be made at around 3.30pm today (Irish time) with boxing scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Ireland’s 18-strong squad trained at Dublin’s National Stadium and the Sports Centre in Dungarvan in the lead up to the tournament.