Ceire Smith advanced but Sinead Kavanagh bowed out of the 7th AIBA World Women’s Championships today.
Cavan BC flyweight Ceire Smith got Ireland off to a winning start at the 7th AIBA World Women’s Championships with a third round stoppage of Veglina Svetlana of Tajikistan in Qinhuangdao, China today.
But Dublin middleweight Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh BC) is out of the tournament after losing out 23-19 to Francelis Paez Carmona of Venezuela.
Smith dominated from the opening bell and forced Svetlana into standing counts in round one,two and three before the ref stopped the contest 1: 28 into the third with Smith 16-4 ahead at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao.
The Irish Elite champion will now meet Sarah-Joy Iris Rae of Jamaica in the last-32 tomorrow.
Kavanagh was 18-15 down going into the fourth and final round with Carmona, a frame which the Venezuelan fighter won 5-4 to seal a 23-19 decision.
Meanwhile, Bray BC lightweight Katie Taylor will meet Rim Jouini of Tunisia in the last-32 on Monday morning (Irish time).
Jouini, who claimed a bronze medal at featherweight (57kg) at the 2010 AIBA World Women’s Championships in Barbados, where Taylor won her third gold medal in-a-row, beat Rim Juliana da Rocha Canedo of Portugal today.
The 7th AIBA World Women’s Championships is also acting as the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers.
The three Olympic weight categories for women are flyweight,lightweight and middleweight.
7th AIBA World Women’s Championships Qinhuangdao, China
May 12th (Afternoon)
51kg (last 64)
Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Veglina Svetlana (Tajikistan) RSC3
75kg (last 64) (Afternoon)
Sinead Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Francelis Paez Carmona (Venezuela) 19-23
May 13th (last 32) (Afternoon)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Sarah-Joy Iris Rae (Jamica)
May 14th (Afternoon)
60Kg (Last 32)
Katie Taylor (Ireland) versus Rim Jouini (Tunisia)
51kg (Flyweight) Ceire Smith (Cavan)
60kg (Lightweight) Katie Taylor (Bray)
75kg (Middleweight) Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)
Team manager: Anna Moore
Coaches: Peter Taylor and Zuar Antia
Physio: Mary Louis Ryan