A two-year partnership was announced, with TG4 airing the finals this coming Saturday night along with the 2020 finals as the hunt for Tokyo Olympic spots heats up.
As confirmed yesterday, TG4 will air two-and-a-quarter hours of terrestrial coverage from the National Stadium on Saturday night, beginning their transmission at 8:45pm and running until just after 11.
SIX of the 18 bouts up for decision on the night will be included in this broadcast – up one from the five shown by RTÉ last year.
However, in a major boost, it was confirmed that TG4 will stream the entirety of the early portion of the night.
Action begins at 5:45pm on the South Circular Road and the first three hours of action will be shown live on the TG4 YouTube channel.
11 fights in all will be shown on YouTube before attention turns to the television.
The YouTube-streamed bouts are:
48kg – Chloe Fleck (Canal) V Donna Barr (Iliies GG)
49kg – Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s) V Sean Mari (Monkstown D)
75kg – Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) V Cheyanne O’Neill (Athlone)
57kg – Michaela Walsh (Monkstown A) V Dervla Duffy (Crumlin)
57kg – Christian Cekiso (Portlaoise) V Paddy Adamus (Drimnagh)
60kg – Dominic Bradley (Errigal) V David Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg – Moira McElligott (St Michael’s K) V Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
52kg – Evan Metcalfe (Hyland BA) V Adam Hession (Monivea)
75kg – Gabriel Dossen (Olympic G) V Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)
80kg – Leona Houlihan (Crumlin) V Lisa Browne (Aglish)
91kg – Tony Browne (St Michael’s D) V Kenneth Okungbowa (Athlone)
The six fights that will be televised live are:
51kg – Carly McNaul (Holy Family GG) V Niamh Early (Ryston)
63kg – James McGivern (St George’s) V George Bates (St Mary’s)
69kg – Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s) V Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
81kg – Thomas O’Toole (Celtic Eagles) V Tommy Hyde (Mayfield)
69kg – Kieran Molloy (Oughterard) V Paddy Donovan (OLOL)
60kg – Kelly Harrington (Ireland) V Jelena Jelic (Sweden)
The fate of Dean Gardiner’s super heavyweight clash with Martin Keenan, the final bout of the night, is unsure.
TG4 will be showing the Seniors for the first time since 2015, with commentary coming from Seán Bán Breathnach.
It’s the latest foray into boxing from the Irish-language channel who aired two pro cards last year and will show another – ‘Clash of the Titans’ – on Saturday March 30th.