Katie Taylor will discover tomorrow whether she will face either Irma Testa of Italy or Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson in the last 32 at the AIBA World Women’s Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The winner between Rio qualified Testa and Alexiusson advances to a Saturday bout against the Irish woman, who is seeking an incredible sixth consecutive world lightweight title.
Reigning Olympic champion Taylor, who suffered a surprise quarter-final defeat to Azerbaijan's Yana Alekseevna in the European Olympic qualifiers, must reach the semi-finals in Astana to ensure her place in Rio.
Alekseevna beat Testa in the final of the European qualifiers.
Kelly Harrington, meanwhile, has been drawn against Austeja Auciute in the 64kg class.
Auciute, boxing out of the Finn Valley BC in Donegal, has claimed five Irish titles and has also represented Ireland. She is now boxing for her native Lithuania.
Ceire Smith gets Ireland’s campaign underway tomorrow. Smith, Taylor and Christina Desmond are competing in the three Olympics weight classes for women, 51kg, 60kg and 75k respectively.
AIBA World Women’s Championships Astana, Kazakhstan
May 19 (Last 64)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Ingrit Valencia (Colombia)
May 20 (Last 32)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) v Diletta Cipallane (Italy)
57kg Moira McElliggot (Ireland) v Sati Burcu (Turkey)
64kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) v Austeja Auciute (Lithuania)
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Khadija Mardi (Morocco)
May 21 (Last 32)
48kg Donna Barr (Ireland) v Kim Klavel (Canada)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Irma Testa (Italy) or Agnes Alexisson (Sweden)
May 22 (Last 16)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Hanna Solecka (Poland)