The IABA in partnership with Platinum One have announced a two-match international boxing event against France in Millstreet, Cork on 3rd May and Belfast Odyssey Arena on 5th May this year. The events will feature all of Ireland’s medal winners from the London Olympics. Speaking at the launch yesterday Katie Taylor said that ‘this is the best sporting team we have in the country at the moment. We always go away and come back with medals, constantly, so we’re hoping that we’ll get the support.’ Millstreet has some pedigree in hosting sporting events with Steve Collins beating Chris Eubank in 1995 in the WBO Super Middleweight title fight whilst the Odyssey Arena hosts numerous events including Tyson Fury’s bought last December as well as being home to the Belfast Giants Ice Hockey team.

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