Irish and French squads and staff at National Stadium gym

Irish and French squads and staff at National Stadium gym

Belfast flyweight Michaela Walsh and Cork middleweight Christina Desmond begin a whirlwind four weeks tonight versus France in an Elite women’s international at Dublin’s National Stadium.

The Ulster and Munster pair line out for their country before flying into Assisi, Italy early Monday morning with Olympic champion Katie Taylor and the Irish men’s team for a final training camp in the countdown to the European Olympic qualifiers in Samsun,Turkey.

Irish and French squad

Irish and French squads


Ceire Smith, Kelly Harrington, Dervla Duffy, Grainne Walsh  and Moira McElligot also line out for the Girls in Green against Les Blues tonight.

Harrington is in against Amina Zidani, the current French Elite light-welter champion.

Zidani, Saray Ovrahmoune and Erika Guerrier, who face Michaela Walsh and Grainne Walsh, claimed Elite belts at the French Championships in Aubervilliers, Paris last month.


Vive la France - French squad in National Stadium gym

Vive la France! French squad in National Stadium gym


France have been training with Ireland for the last number of days at the National Stadium.

Boxing begins at 7.30pm tonight.

Admission is from €5.



Ireland v France  National Stadium Dublin March 26th (7.30pm)

51kg Michaela Walsh (Holy Family) v Saray Ovrahmoune (France)

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan) v Wassila Lkhadiri (France)

54kg Dervla Duffy (Ryston) v Mona Mestiaen (France)

60kg Moira McElligot (St Michael’s Athy) v Sofia Nabet (France)

64kg Kelly Harrington (Glasnevin) v Amina Zidani (France)

75kg Christina Desmond  (Fr Horgan’s) v Maily Nicar (France)

75kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus) v  Erika Guerrier (France)

French 2016 National Elite Women’s Finals Results, February 13th Paris

48kg Cassandra Crevecoeur beat Nassia Mekkid 3:0

51kg Sara Ourahmoune  beat Vassilia Lkhadiri 3:0

54kg Delphine Mancini beat Mona Mestiaen 3:0

57kg Stelly Ferge beat  Julie Le Galliard 2:1

60kg Estelle Mosselly beat Flora Pili  3:0

64kg Amina Zidani  beat Wendy Couvercelle 2:1

69kg Marie-Helene Meron beat Malika Gonthier Silva 2:1

75kg Erika Guerrier beat Davina Michel 3-0