Kellie Harrington's next opponent Jelena Jelic believes that the Irish world amateur lightweight champion has better technique than her pro counterpart Katie Taylor but that the Olympic gold medallist and five-time amateur champ is more powerful.
The Belgrade native, who has represented Sweden but is switching her allegiance back to Serbia this year, meets Harrington in an international fight on Elite finals night at Dublin’s National Stadium on Saturday.
The Serb was beaten by Taylor in an international in Cork in 2016. Taylor has since turned professional and is the current IBF/WBA unified lightweight belt holder.
Harrington, who beat Jelic at the Nicolae Linca Golden Belt tournament last September, will hope to compete in the lightweight division at next year's Tokyo Olympics that Taylor won gold in in 2012.
"Katie and Kellie are different. Katie is more explosive and very strong and Kellie is very technical," said Jelic.
Harrington claimed the world amateur lightweight belt in India last November and the Dubliner received a walkover at this weekend's National Elites as no opponent entered against her.
"I have fought the best in the world several times and I am more than ready for it again. When I fight someone I see them for whom they are and not what they are, I don't care about that," said Jelic.
"I’ve only had two weeks to prepare but I have been training long before I was asked to fight her. This is my first fight since I became Swedish champion in December.
"But from this year I will be representing Serbia in the international tournaments and not Sweden anymore."
Noel Burke, Harrington’s coach at the St Mary’s BC, believes Saturday’s three-rounder will be a cracking fight.
"Fair play to Jelena for taking the bout. She’s fought some of the best and she’s an experienced boxer and Kellie is looking forward to the test, " he said.
Fifteen finals will be decided on Elite finals night. Defending welterweight champion Kieran Molloy meets 2015 World junior finalists Paddy Donovan.
Galway’s Gabriel Dossen has already beaten defending champion Michael Nevin and 2018 finalist Brett McGinty and is in against Dublin's Emmett Brennan for the vacant 75kg crown.
Tipperary’s super-heavy champion Dean Gardiner faces Martin Keenan in a repeat of their 2017 European box-off, which the Clonmel man won.
Irish boxing is this year celebrating the 80th anniversary of the official opening of the National Stadium, which was the first purpose-built boxing venue in the world.