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Ginty set for Youth semi-final challenge

TWO reigning AIBA World Junior champions will be in action in tonight's National Open Youth Championships semi-finals at Dublin's National Stadium.

Willie O'Donoghue, St Michael's, Athy BC, and Ciara Ginty, Geesala BC, will be between the ropes at the home of Irish boxing.

Ginty, the current AIBA World Junior Female Boxer of the Year, meets current EU champion Amy Broadhurst in what could be the stand out bout of the weekend.

European and EU Youth and Junior champions Gary Cully, Kristina O'Hara and GrĂ¡inne Gavin will also be in action.

The Olympic BC are guaranteed to have one boxer in the Youth finals as club-mates Francis Barrett and Frankie Cleary go head-to-head in one of the flyweight semi-finals.

The Open Youth Championships are being run in conjunction with the National Novice Championships, the semi-finals of which will be decided tonight.

The IABA are using the Open Youth Championships to assist with their selection process for the AIBA World Men's and Women's Youth Championships in Bulgaria in April.

The World Youth Championships will act as the only qualifier for the Olympic Youth Championships in China in August.

EX-WBC CHIEF SULAIMAN DIES

Jose Sulaiman, the longtime head of the World Boxing Council who introduced rules to protect boxers, has died aged 82.

Sulaiman's son Mauricio Sulaiman said his father died at a hospital in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalised at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center for months for a heart condition.

The Mexico-based WBC confirmed his death.

"He certainly treated all fighters as his sons and daughters, he suffered from their problems and worked every single day of his life to try to make boxing better and safer," the council said in a statement.

Sulaiman boxed as an amateur and became a manager, trainer, and referee.

At 16, he joined a Mexican boxing commission and moved to the WBC in 1968, won a unanimous vote to become president in 1975, and remained in charge ever since.


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