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Gold haul gives IABA due credit

The impressive form of Ireland's women boxers in the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships where lightweight Ciara Ginty won Junior gold, welterweight Christina Desmond won Youth silver and light-flyweight Jacqui Lynch earned Junior bronze shouldn't have come as a major surprise.

The systems the AIBA and boxing clubs around the country have in place have been reaping huge dividends for Irish women boxers, as witnessed in the results from the EU Women's Championships during the summer when not alone did Katie Taylor make it five EU titles in a row, but 14 of her team-mates also earned medals including gold for Jacqui Lynch; GrĂ¡inne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst all taking Junior gold and gold for Christina O'Hara at Youth level.

Ciara Ginty won EU bronze then, so to step up to World gold so quickly has been particularly impressive. And for Christina Desmond to replace her EU bronze with World silver is equally laudable. It's proof that, despite criticism, the IABA is doing plenty right.


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