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Boxing: Irish eyes still smiling in Women's World Youth and Junior championships.
by Michael O'Neill
May 19, 2015
Photo: Team Ireland (c)

(MAY 19) The Irish team has six of its team still in this 2nd edition of the AIBA World Youth and Juniors championships despite a controversial defeat for Amy Broadhurst on Monday when most experts (and not just the team and its coaches) felt she had won every round against her Chinese opponent. That said, the judges somehow managed to hand down a 2:1 split decision to the boxer from neighbouring China. Tuesday was to prove a better day and Irish eyes are smiling once more.

Former World Junior champion Ciara Ginty and Natasha Logan turned on the style to advance at the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships in Taipei, Taiwan Tuesday.

The Geesala BC and St Brigid's (Edenderry) pair hammered out unanimous decisions over Aida Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan) and Aliya Valizada (Azerbaijan) in the light-welter and and bantam Youth classes.

Abikeyeva, kept at bay by Ginty’s raking jab for almost the entire four rounds, took two standing counts in the fourth and final frame as the Olympic Youth silver medalist dropped home two big rights.

All three judges scored the final stanza 10-8 to the Mayo ace.

Later Geesala coach Pat McDonagh told SportsNews Ireland:

".Ciara gave her opponent two standing counts in the last round and I would say she was at 50% of her top form. She has trained very hard and is very focused for this competition. We are delighted with the win and we have a really tough opponent in the next round in U.S boxer, Ariel Arimendez from Tolleston,Texas.. But we are confident if she boxes up to her potential she can do very well"

Logan was equally as impressive, the St Brigid's BC stand out taking a 40-36 verdict across the board to book her ticket into the quarter-finals.

Earlier in the day, Joanne Richards, a champion Irish dancer, showed some slick footwork to guarantee Ireland at least one bronze medal at the tournament.

The talented St Michael’s (New Ross) BC prospect comprehensively beat Indian light-welter Shruti Yadav on a unanimous decision, with one judge scoring all three rounds 10-8 to the Irish champion.

Yadav, who was being tipped to win gold, started each round aggressively, but the determined-looking Richards held her composure and stood her ground to pick off clean and solid shots to ensure that her country won’t be returning empty handed from Asia.

Orla Garvey was also in action , but despite a typically brave performance the Irish feather was beaten by Zhane Crockett of the USA. The American team are doing very well at this tournament.

Six Irish boxers – three Youths (Ginty,Logan and Aoife Burke) and three Juniors (Leonard,Earley & O'Callaghan) – will be in quarter-final action Wednesday.

Irish women’s boxing is proudly sponsored by Quick Park of Dublin Airport.

2015 AIBA World Women’s Youth and Junior Championships Taipei, Taiwan– May 15th/24th.


May 16th

60kg Shannon Edge (Ireland) lost to Darlin Calderon (Dominican Rep) 0-3

May 17th

48kg Emma Flannery (Ireland) lost to Justine Metzdorf (Germany) 1-2
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Ireland) lost to Aidanan Baltabayeva (Kazakhstan) 0-2
57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Aigerim Oshakbay (Kazakhstan) 2-1

May 18th

57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) lost to Xingyan Gao (China) 1-2

May 19th

54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) beat Aliya Valizada (Azerbaijan) 3-0
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) beat Aida Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan) 3-0

May 20th


54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) v Dung Thuy Thi Vu (Vietnam)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) v Ariel Arismendez (USA)
75kg Aoife Burke (Ireland) v Chantelle Reid (England)


May 17th

50kg Kelsey Leonard beat Ching Shin Wang (Chinese Taipei) 3-0

May 18th

46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Ireland) lost to Karina Tuvakova (Russia) 1-2
48kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Heaven Garcia (USA) 0-3
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Anna Krasnoperova (Russia) 2-1
57kg Orla Garvey beat Havvanur En (Turkey) 2-0

May 19th


57kg Orla Garvey (Ireland) lost to Zhane Crockett (USA) 0-3
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) beat Shruti Yadav (India) 3-0

May 20th


50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) v Mungunsaran Balsan (Mongolia)
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) v Bunyat Machai (Thailand)
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Ireland) v Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia)

May 22nd


66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) v Kylie Hall (USA)

Irish squad

48kg Emma Flannery (Baldoyle)
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves)
54kg Natasha Logan (St Brigids, Edenderry)
57kg Amy Boardhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Shannon Edge (St Brigids, Edenderry)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala)
75kg Aoife Burke (St Mary’s)

46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Golden Gloves)
48kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Curragh)
52kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
57kg Orla Garvey (Dealgan)
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
66kg Joanne Richards (St Michael’s New Ross) (Bronze, at least)

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