Serbian lightweight Jelena Jelic has arrived in Dublin ahead of Saturday’s meeting with World Elite champion Kellie Harrington.
Jelic, who has represented Sweden in the past, meets the Dublin-born AIBA World number one on Elites finals night at Dublin’s National Stadium.
The outing will be Harrington’s first since winning world gold in New Delhi last November.
Jelic has flown in especially to take on Harrington as there was no Irish opponent for the Dubliner.
Meanwhile, the hand of history will be on Tommy Hyde’s shoulder when he steps into the ring against Galway’s Thomas O’Toole in the 81kg final.
The Cork light-heavyweight goes head-to-head with O’Toole 73 years to the day since his great grand uncle, also Tommy Hyde, beat Billy O’Mahony at the National Stadium on February 23, 1946.
Galway’s defending champion Kieran Molloy and Limerick’s Paddy Donovan clash for the welterweiight belt. Both men have won World Junior medals for Ireland and the pair beat America’s World number eight ranked Quinton Randall, who had ex Irish head coach Billy Walsh working his corner, in Ireland’s three-match tour of the USA last year.
European Under-22 champion Amy Broadhurst and two-time Commonwealth finalist Michaela Walsh are also between the ropes, while Galway middleweight prospect Gabriel Dossen, who ousted 2018 finalists Michael Nevin and Brett McGinty en route to the final, meets Dublin’s 2017 champion Emmett Brennan.
Offaly’s defending welter titlist Grainne Walsh goes head-to-head with Macroom southpaw Christina Desmond, who hammered Dutch Rio 2016 finalist Noucha Fonjin three years ago and Tipperary’s defending champion Dean Gardiner will be aiming for his fourth belt versus Limerick’s Martin Keenan.
Seventeen finals will be decided on Saturday evening. Boxing begins at 5.45pm. The weigh-ins will be held between 8am and 9am and 12pm and 1pm tomorrow.