IRELAND are guaranteed at least four bronze medals, one Youth and three Junior, after Natasha Logan, Kelsey Leonard, Niamh Earley and Joanne Richards booked their places in tomorrow’s semi-final sessions at the AIBA World Youth and Junior Women’s Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.
Logan, a Herald Star of the Week recipient this year, will face Muzdman Balaussa of Kazakhstan in the Youth 54kg contest after the St Brigid’s BC, Edenderry bantam impressively saw off Vietnam’s Dung Thuy Thi Vu in yesterday’s quarter-final.
In the Junior semi-final bouts Leonard will face Ukrainian Kateryna Rohova after a unanimous decision over Shruti Yahav, the Indian boxer was tipped to win gold at the beginning of the championships.
Earley is up against China’s Jiawen Huang while Richards takes on Kylie Hall of the USA as Fiona Hennigan’s charges go for gold in Asia.
At the European Junior Championships in the Ukraine, Team Ireland also secured a minimum of four bronze medals at least after Lorcan Hurley, Jason Harty, Anthony Johnston and Jim O’Reilly simply outclassed the opposition to advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals in the city of Lviv.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the performance of the squad against some of the best young boxers in the world at this level,” added Billy McClean, who with Gerry McDaid and Dmitri Dmitruk is working Ireland’s corner alongside Team Manager Stephen Connolly.
Hurley’s opponent is Azerbaijan’s Javid Huseynov after the light fly put in a top class showing against Italy’s Pasquale di Silvio in Tuesday’s quarter-final.
Harty faces Alen Kastsiukouski of Belarus after seeing off Israeli light-welter Daniel Nevin in yesterday’s quarter-final. Johnston beat local Ukrainian favourite Yevheni Pavlowskyi with Germany’s Oronzo Birardi up next for the middleweight boxer.
O’Reilly, who plies his trade at Portlaoise BC, awaits his opponents that will come from either Moldova, Croatia or Turkey after successfully dispatching his challenger Vadzim Andreyev of Belarus.