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St Michael's Athy team-mates David Oliver Joyce and Eric Donovan will clash in the World Series of Boxing

Updated: Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 14:16 | Comments

David Oliver Joyce and Eric Donovan clashed at the National Stadium 12 months ago
David Oliver Joyce and Eric Donovan clashed at the National Stadium 12 months ago

St Michael's Athy team-mates David Oliver Joyce and Eric Donovan will clash in the first ever all-Irish World Series of Boxing fight when the German Eagles host Kazakhstan in Hannover on 12 January.

The lightweight Group B duel will be a repeat of the 2012 Irish Elite semi-final which Joyce won at Dublin's National Stadium.

Joyce has won one fight for the Eagles this season and Donovan toppled Serbia's Branimir Stankovic, who beat John Joe Nevin this term, to help Kazakhstan defeat Italia Thunder.

"We met a fought a few times in the past and they have always been cracking contests and I'm expecting the same in Germany," said Joyce.

"It's a first for the club and Irish boxing and may the best man win on the night."

Meanwhile, Joe Ward and John Joe Nevin, and Michael Conlan and Sean Turner will be on opposing sides when the British Lionhearts host the USA Knockouts at York Hall, London on 17 January.

Conlan, a bronze medal winner at London 2012, debuts for the Knockouts against current European champion Andrew Selby, while Lionhearts lightweight Nevin meets France's Daouda Sow in a battle of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic silver medallists.

The Selby/Conlan duel is a repeat of the 2011 AIBA World Championships quarter-final which Selby edged by a single-point in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Ward, the current European light-heavyweight champions, will be aiming for his third WSB victory of the season for the Lionhearts versus Marco Calic.

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