BALLYBOUGHAL’S Niamh Fay was edged out by the tightest of margins on Sunday afternoon as she crashed out of the Women’s World Championships in Istanbul.
The reigning U22 European featherweight champion lost out to Romanian Lacramioara Perijoc on an incredibly close 3-2 split decision as she narrowly missed out on a spot in the quarter-finals.
Fay started the contest well and truly on the front foot, coming out for round one at a ferocious pace as she landed shots to both the body and head of her opponent.
The second round saw the Romanian begin to find joy as she landed a few crisp shots, but she was dealt a blow towards the end of the round when the referee took a point off her for holding.
That seemed like it would be hugely significant with regards to the result of the contest, but a strong final round from the Romanian gave her a chance and after totting up the scorecards the announcement came that Perijoc had edged the very tight contest.
It was tough on Fay who many felt had done just enough to edge a decision, but the youngster can be proud of her efforts during her debut Senior World Championships and no doubt she will have learned plenty from her week in Istanbul.
Fay arrived in Istanbul in confident mood, having captured the European U22 Featherweight championship in March, and she began her quest for a world medal in very stylish fashion in her opening bout against Modestine Munga Zalia of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fay, who is nicknamed Fast Hands, showed blistering speed as she completely outclassed her opponent, firing an unanswered barrage of shots in the second round before the bout was stopped by the referee.
Unfortunately for Fay she just couldn’t find those same shots against a more experienced opponent, but she acquitted herself well and ultimately she lost by the narrowest of margins in that split decision result.
The 19-year-old was recently added to the High Performance Unit in Dublin and will no doubt keep improving when she gets back to the capital, with her long-term ambition of becoming an Olympian still a very realistic goal for the talented star from the Phoenix of Ballyboughal club.