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Claire Grace suffered a nasty gash over her left eye in Monday's win over Cristian Stanca of Romania which forced her out of her clash with Turkish welterweight Guluzar Kara. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Claire Grace suffered a nasty gash over her left eye in Monday's win over Cristian Stanca of Romania which forced her out of her clash with Turkish welterweight Guluzar Kara. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

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Claire Grace suffered a nasty gash over her left eye in Monday's win over Cristian Stanca of Romania which forced her out of her clash with Turkish welterweight Guluzar Kara. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Kilkenny southpaw Claire Grace was devastated to cede a walkover to Turkish welterweight Guluzar Kara at the World Women's Elite Championships in Korea yesterday.

Kara, who lost to Grace in the European Championships this year, goes through to the quarter-finals.

Grace, a Dublin City University student and the reigning Irish Elite and Colleges champion, suffered a nasty gash over her left eye in Monday's win over Romania's Cristian Stanca.

"It was hard to see her going through, but it was a deep cut and it wasn't going to heal, I was devastated over it," lamented Grace, the only Irish female boxer besides Katie Taylor to win a medal at the European Elites.

"I got caught with a shot in the last round and I could feel it, I was winning the bout at that stage. It was just very unlucky."

Irish team manager Anna Moore said that the Team Ireland coaching staff had decided to withdraw the World No 10-ranked Irish welter in the interests of her safety.

Taylor and Michaela Walsh were in last-16 action versus Finland's Mira Potkonen and Azerbaijan's Anna Alimardanova early this morning for a place in tomorrow's quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, it is not getting any easier for Joe Ward and David Oliver Joyce in AIBA Pro Boxing (APB). Both boxers lost on their APB debuts last month.

They'll be looking to bounce back versus Italian lightweight Domenico Valentino and Uzbek light-heavy Oybek Mamazulunov respectively in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Sofia, Bulgaria tomorrow.

Valentino is an ex-World Elite champion, who Joyce has beaten twice, and Mamazulunov is the current World No 2.

Irish Independent