Wednesday 18 September 2019

Smith faces tough last-16 task against Cakiroglu


'Smith floored Beri with a left hook midway into the second' Stock image
'Smith floored Beri with a left hook midway into the second' Stock image Sportsdesk

Ceire Smith is facing a tough test this evening after clocking up Ireland's first win of the European Women's Elite Championships by way of TKO in Madrid last night.

The Cavan flyweight stopped Hungary's Krisztina Beri yesterday to set up a last-16 clash with Turkey's Naz Buse Cakiroglu for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Istanbul-based southpaw claimed gold at the European Games in Minsk this summer and is the No.1 seed in the 51kg class in Madrid.

Smith floored Beri with a left hook midway into the second yesterday and the ref waved the fight off after the Magyar took another two standings counts.

"It was a fantastic win for Ceire, brilliant second-round performance. She has a tough test tomorrow, but she'll take a lot of confidence from the manner of this victory," said Irish team manager PJ Kinsella.

Meanwhile, Roscommon's Aoife O'Rourke, the No 3 seed, meets Ukrainian middleweight Tetiana Petrovich with at least bronze up for grabs today.

Dundalk southpaw Amy Broadhurst, the current European U-22 champion, will be expected to see off Czech lightweight Dominika Ciklova this afternoon. St Patrick's Day-born Broadhurst, also an ex-European Youth and Junior champion, is aiming to complete her remarkable European collection of gold medals in Spain.

But Finland's Mira Potkonen, who wrecked Katie Taylor's dream of becoming a two-time Olympic champion at Rio 2016, will be standing in her way if both women reach the last-four.

Meantime, Dublin's Jono Carroll (17-1-1) recorded a points win over unheralded Mexican super-feather Eleazar Valenzuela in Mexico on Saturday night.

Irish Independent

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