By IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
Poland’s Sebastien Dawid Jagodzinski and Grzergoz Slywester Kozlowski have been confirmed as the opponents for Irish pair Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan, pictured above, in the World Series of Boxing in Poland on Friday night.
The Belfast duo, who between have won three Olympic medals for Ireland, will line out for Italia Thunder versus the Hussars of Poland in Konin.
Conlan, who will have his dad John Conlan and head coach Billy Walsh working his corner this weekend, has beaten Kozlowski twice before – including a unanimous decision over the Polish bantam in the 2014 Feliks Stamm tournament in Warsaw – and is aiming for a hat-trick.
He said: “I’ve beaten him twice before, but last year he injured me, I still won the fight. I’m going in there on Friday and I’m looking forward to getting a bit of revenge on him.”
There are 17 direct places available for WSB boxers at the Rio Olympics this season. There are two places available in Conlan’s weight class. However, the light-fly (Barnes’ weight class) weight category has just one.
Boxing begins at 7pm (Irish time) on Friday.