Thursday 23 January 2020

Kelly defies bite incident to guarantee bronze Sportsdesk

Offaly middleweight Lauren Kelly secured at least a bronze medal at the European Youth Championships in Italy last night despite being allegedly bitten by her Turkish opponent.

The incident happened late in the first round, with Kelly, the Irish women's captain, pointing to her left shoulder after coming out of a clinch with Sena Erdogan.

The referee didn't see that incident but Erdogen did receive a public warning for pushing the Irish woman onto the canvas in the third round. Officials took a photograph of the wound on Kelly's shoulder after the bout, which she won 3-0.

Jude Gallagher, Daina Moorehouse, Dearbhla Rooney and Evelyn Igharo also won their last-eight bouts to ensure that Ireland will be taking home at least six bronze medals from the tournament, but Brandon McCarthy lost on a controversial 3-2 spilt decision to Albanian bantamweight Muhamet Qamili.

Irish Independent

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