The Hussars of Poland meet the Caciques of Venezuela in Warsaw on Friday night in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), but no Irish boxers will be in action.
Rio 2016 Olympians Paddy Barnes and Steven Donnelly are signed for the Hussars and Darren O’Neill for the Caciques (a native chief).
WSB boxers making their debut this season need at least two fights, regardless of result, to go through to May’s WSB versus AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Olympic qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria.
O’Neill will make his WSB debut for Venezuela this term.
Dean Gardiner is signed with the Puerto Rico Hurricanes who host the Uzbek Tigers on Saturday. The line ups have yet to be confirmed.
Barnes and Donnelly qualified for Rio 2016 through the WSB last season.
Irish WSB Boxers 2016 season
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Puerto Rico Hurricanes)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Venezuela Caciques)
75kg Steven Donnelly (Hussars Poland)
49kg Paddy Barnes (Hussars Poland)