Dean Gardiner (blue) in action

The USA and Ireland meet over 12 bouts in the 1st leg of their three-match Elite international series at the Royale Complex in Boston tonight.

Current Irish Elite champion Michael Nevin faces World Elite bronze medallist Troy Isley at middleweight and Irish captain Dean Gardiner is in against Richard Torres of California.

Dublin’s World Elite finalist Kellie Harrington and Stacia Suttles of the Bronx battle it out at lightweight and Lauren Hogan and Texas’ Virginia Fuchs clash in the opening bout on the card.

American 2016 World Youth champions Marc Castro and Delante Johnson trade leather with Frankie Cleary and Wayne Kelly.

Ireland, led by head coach Zaur Antia, have been training in Jim McNally’s Gym in Boston since arriving in America  last Thursday and are eager the get the series underway, according to Irish team manager and High-Performance Director Bernard Dunne.

Boxing begins at 7pm local time (midnight Irish time).

Both nations meet again in Springfield on 15th March and Manchester, New Hampshire on March 21.

Tonight’s bouts are subject to change.

USA v Ireland

March 12th Boston

54kg: Virginia Fuchs v Lauren Hogan
69kg: Oshae Jones v Grainne Walsh
60kg: Stacia Suttles v Kellie Harrington
60kg: Marc Castro v Frankie Cleary
60kg: Keyshawn Davis v George Bates
64kg: Delante Johnson v Wayne Kelly
69kg: Quinton Randall v Kieran Molloy
75kg: Troy Isley v Michael Nevin
75kg: Nikita Ababiy v Bret McGinty
81kg: Khalil Coe v Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes
91kg: Adrian Tillman V Kiril Afanasev
91kg+: Richard Torres v Dean Gardiner

Fixtures USA v Ireland

March 12: Royale Entertainment Complex, Boston, Mass.
March 15: MassMutual Center, Springfield, Mass.
March 21: The Manchester Downtown Hotel, Manchester, N.H.

Irish squad

54kg: Lauren Hogan (St Brigid’s BC)
60kg: Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s BC)
69kg: Grainne Walsh (Spartacus BC)
75kg: Aoife Burke (St Mary’s BC)

91kg+: Dean Gardiner (Clonmel BC)
91kg: Kiril Afanasev (Smithfield BC)
81kg: Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes (Holy Trinity BC)
75kg: Michael Nevin (Portlaoise BC)
75kg: Brett McGinty (Oakleaf BC)
75kg: Gerard French (Clonard BC)
69kg: Kieran Molloy (Oughterard BC)
69kg: Eugene McKeever (Holy Family BC)
64kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise BC)
64kg: Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard BC)
64kg: Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC)
60kg: George Bates (St Mary’s BC)
60kg: Francis Cleary (Ballina BC)

Team manager – Bernard Dunne
Head coach – Zaur Antia
Coach – Phillip Keogh
Coach – Martin Donovan
Coach – Paul Thompson