A boxing event will take place at the National Stadium in Dublin as part of Ukraine fundraising

The Smithfield Boxing Club, in partnership with the Irish Athletic Boxing Association, will host a fundraising event for #United4Ukraine on Friday in aid of the Irish Red Cross.

The National Stadium will host a selection of Dublin Schoolboy/Girls Vs. Scotland from 4pm on Friday May 6, followed by a showcase of elite Irish boxing at 7.15pm.

A total of 24 fights will take place on the day, accompanied by dancing, music and an auction.

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All funds raised will be donated to fund Irish Red Cross efforts to repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities and help families with food and vital hygiene items in war-torn Ukraine.

The event will take place on Friday at the National Stadium

IABA CEO Fergal Carruth said, “IABA is thrilled to be able to offer the National Stadium as the home venue for #United4Ukraine. It is important that the Irish boxing family comes together to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine at this time of greatest need.

“As important as this solidarity is the practical support and assistance that May 6 Boxing will fund.”

The #United4Ukraine fundraising campaign was launched by Smithfield Boxing Club and head coach, Igor Khmil, and has already raised over €11,500 through online and offline events such as the auction Olympic champion Kellie Harrington’s Tokyo vest and gold medalist Strandja glove.

Kellie Harrington donates a vest for Ukraine
Smithfield Boxing Club’s Kellie Harrington and Igor Khmil

Kellie Harrington Ukraine
Kellie Harrington signs her glove

Kellie Harrington donates vest for fundraiser in Ukraine
Kellie Harrington’s signature vest and glove to raise funds for Ukraine

Boxing clubs across Ireland have also donated subs in training sessions and held tournaments, in support of #United4Ukraine.

Smithfield Boxing Club Head Coach Igor Khmil said: “We have been overwhelmed with the support #United4Ukraine has received so far, especially from the boxing and MMA communities.

“Kellie’s donation of her Tokyo vest was an incredible gesture.

“We will reserve over 50 seats overnight for people new to Ireland from Ukraine, so they can get a sense of Ukraine solidarity in Ireland. We hope many people will come to the stadium National to see the incredible quality of Irish boxing, and to donate to an incredible cause.

Dublin County Council plays a key role in organizing boxing on May 6, including 18 Dublin Vs. Scottish fights.

Tickets are €10 at the door.

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