Limerick’s Paddy Donovan faces Quinton Randall rematch in USA later this evening.

Limerick welterweight Paddy Donovan will be aiming for a double over AIBA World No.8 ranked Quinton Randall in the third and final meeting of the USA versus Ireland Elite series in Manchester, New Hampshire tomorrow night.

Donovan, the 2015 AIBA World Junior finalist who boxes out of the Our Lady of Lourdes BC on Shannonside, sensationally beat the Pan American finalist on his Elite international debut in the 2nd leg in Springfield last Thursday.

The Treaty City southpaw posted a convincing unanimous decision over the Texas-native – who was beaten by Cuba’s current Olympic champion, Arlen Lopez, in the 2017 Pan American final in Honduras – in Springfield.

The Americans, under former Irish head coach Billy Walsh, hold a 2-0 lead – and a 15-7 aggregate advantage – following 8-4 and 7-3 wins in Boston and Springfield going in Wednesday’s nine-bout meeting.

However, the first five bouts in Springfield went to Americans on 2-1 split decisions. Overall, Ireland, under head coach Zaur Antia, have been on the wrong end of seven 2-1 split verdicts.

World Elite finalist Kellie Harrington and Aoife Burke get proceedings underway versus Stacia Suttles and Leah Cooper in the light and middle classes tomorrow evening.

“The team have settled in well and they’re looking forward to competing once again against the USA,” said High-Performance Director Bernard Dunne, the Irish team manager in America.

Ireland are due to arrive home on Friday morning.

USA v Ireland Manchester March 21 (7pm local time)

60kg Stacia Suttles v Kellie Harrington
75kg Leah Cooper v Aolfe Burke
60kg James Browning v Francis Cleary
64kg Adrian Benton v Wayne Kelly
64kg Charlie Sheehy v Caoimhin Ferguson
69kg Quinton Randall v Paddy Donovan
69kg Freudis Rojas Jr. v Kieran Molloy
75kg Nikita Ababiy v Gerard French
91+kg Richard Torrez  v Dean Gardiner

(Bouts are subject to change)

Results from previous two rounds

USA v Ireland MassMutual Center Springfield

March 15th

60kg: Amelia Moore  beat Kellie Harrington 2-1
69kg: Oshae Jones beat Grainne Walsh 2-1
60kg: Marc Castro  beat George Bates  2-1
64kg Charlie Sheehy  beat Wayne Kelly 2-1
64kg: Tiger Johnson beat Caoimhin Ferguson 2-1
69kg: Quinton Randall lost to Paddy Donovan 0-3
75kg: Troy Isley beat Gerard French 3-0
75kg: Nikita Ababiy lost to Brett McGinty 1-2
81kg: Khalil Coe beat Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes 3-0
91kg: Adrian Tillman lost to Kiril Afanasev 0-3

USA 7 Ireland 3

USA v Ireland March 12th Boston

54kg: Virginia Fuchs beat Lauren Hogan RSC2
60kg: Stacia Suttles lost to Kellie Harrington 0-3
69kg: Oshae Jones beat Grainne Walsh 2-1
60kg: Marc Castro beat Frankie Cleary 3-0
60kg: Keyshawn Davis beat George Bates 3-0
64kg: Tiger Johnson beat Wayne Kelly 2-1
69kg: Quinton Randall lost to Kieran Molloy 1-2
75kg: Troy Isley beat Bret McGinty 3-0
75kg: Nikita Ababiy lost to Michael Nevin 1-2
81kg: Khalil Coe beat Caoimhin Agyarko-Hynes 3-0
91kg: Adrian Tillman lost to Kiril Afanasev Pts 1-2
91kg+: Richard Torres beat Dean Gardiner 3-0

USA 8 Ireland 4

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)
69kg: Paddy Donovan (OLOL BC)
64kg: Wayne Kelly (Portlaoise BC)
64kg: Caoimhin Ferguson (Clonard BC)
60kg: George Bates (St Mary’s BC)
60kg: Francis Cleary (Ballina BC)

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

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