Saturday 19 October 2019

Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh suffer tight defeats in world championships

Ireland's Ceire Smith
Ireland's Ceire Smith

Sean McGoldrick

THERE was no joy for Irish boxers Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh in their last sixteen bouts at the World Women's Elite Championships in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude.

Cavan flyweight Smith was edged out on a 3-2 split decision by defending world champion and number one seed Mi Choi Pang from North Korea. Smith started well and probably shaded the first round. Indeed, Pang was on the floor late in the round but it was ruled a slip.

Pang was on top in the second round while neither fighter managed to land a telling blow in the final round. In such a tight contest the odds were always going to favour the reigning champion and so it proved, though it was a desperately close call.

Three of the judges (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) sided with Pang while the other two gave the decision to Smith (29-28, 29-28).

Meanwhile, Belfast featherweight Michaela Walsh lost on a split 4-1 decision to Russian Liudmila Vorontsova, who is from the host city Ulan-Ude. The home favourite was aggressive throughout and though Walsh countered well, four of the judges gave the decision to the local fighter.

Lightweight Amy Broadhurst meets Poland's Aneta Rygielska in a last 16 contest on Wednesday while Cork welterweight Christina Desmond takes on Myriam Da Silva from Canada in the same session.

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