Saturday 24 March 2018

Harrington guaranteed at least a bronze at the world boxing championships while Walsh bows out

Sean McGoldrick

Dublin boxer Kelly Harrington has assured herself of a bronze medal at the women’s World Boxing championships in Astana.

Her historic win over local competitor Zarina Tsoloyeva in the quarter final means she becomes only the second ever Irish female boxer to medal at the World championships.

Katie Taylor broke the mould, of course, when she won a gold medal at the championships in New Delhi in 2006. She has remained unbeaten in the event since and is aiming for a record sixth successive title in Astana.

A member of the Glasnevin Boxing Club, Harrington totally outclassed her opponent in today’s quarter final winning all four rounds on the three judges’ cards by the same margin (10-9) to give her a comprehensive 40-36 success and a place in the semi-final of the light welterweight category later in the week.

Unfortunately for the Dublin boxer there is no category for female 64kg boxers in the Olympics.

There was heartbreak, however, for welterweight Grainne Walsh in her quarter final bout against Valentina Khalzova from the host nation Kazakhstan.  She sustained a cut early in the second round which resulted in her fight being stopped. As Khalzova had won the first round 10-9 she got the verdict so the Irish girl missed out on a podium finish.

Later today, Olympic champion Katie Taylor will also be in quarter final action.

A win for Taylor will secure her place at the Rio Olympics.  She faces a Mexican lightweight Victoria Torres in the last eight contest.


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