Tuesday 24 October 2017

Boxing: Smith fired up for big test

Bernard O'Neill

CEIRE SMITH advanced to the last 16 of the flyweight division at the World Women's Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Qinhuangdao, China yesterday.

The Cavan fighter, who stopped Veglina Svetlana of Tajikistan on Saturday, hammered out a 12-4 decision over Jamaican Sarah-Joy Rae and will now meet Polish No 4 seed Anna Michalczuk tomorrow.

Pete Taylor, who is working Ireland's corner in China along with Zuar Antia, was full of praise for Smith.

"Ceire is in fantastic form and her confidence is high. It was a really good performance," he said.

"She's facing a big test against the Polish girl. This will be a real test for her, but she has two wins now and she'll go into the fight with a lot of confidence."

Taylor's daughter Katie, who is aiming for her fourth World title in a row, will open her campaign this morning with a last-32 clash against Tunisia's Rim Jouini.

Meanwhile, Jason Quigley won gold at the Algirdas Socikas Multi-Nations in Lithuania on Saturday, but Chris Phelan had to settle for silver.

Quigley beat Danish middleweight Matouk Belal 18-5, while Phelan, who was 2-1 up, was forced to retire with a hand injury in the second round of his flyweight final with British 2012 Olympic Andrew Selby, the current European champion.

Ireland's Senior Cadets beat Scotland 10-7 in Cork on Saturday night.

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