Katie Taylor wins convincingly at 7th AIBA World Women’s Championships but Smith bows out in China.
Katie Taylor will meet Romania’s Mihaela Lacatus for a place in the semi-finals of the 7th AIBA World World Women’s Championships in Qinhuangdao, China tomorrow.
Taylor, who is targeting her 4th AIBA World title in a row, cruised into the lightweight quarter-finals after stopping Saida Khassenova of Kazakhstan in the fourth and final round of today’s last-16 contest.
Taylor was 20-8 up going into the fourth frame of the 60kg clash and ref stopped the bout after Khassenova took a third standing count in the final stanza.
Three Olympic places are available for Europe in the lightweight class.
However, six Europeans – Taylor, Lacatus, Russia’s Sofya Ochigava, Norway’s Ingrid Egner, England’s Natasha Jonas and France’s Estelle Mossely are into the last-eight
Ochigava beat China’s Cheng Dong today and Egner beat Queen Underwood of the USA – both victories were by one point margins.
Today’s lightweight results mean that even a semi-final finish may not guarantee Olympic qualification for Taylor from the 60kg class.
However, Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan, who meets Mossely tomorrow - the winner will face either Taylor or Lacatus in the semi-final -, has qualified for London 2012 by virtue of being the last Asian boxer left in the lightweight class.
Wednesday’s lightweight quarter-finals.
Two of Wednesday’s quarter-finals will be all European affairs, meaning that if Ochigava and Mossely win tomorrow, four European boxers will be through to the last-four fighting it out for a place in the final and three Olympic berths.
Meanwhile, Cavan BC flyweight Ceire Smith bowed out at the last-16 stage today.
The ref stopped Smith’s contest with Poland’s former World (at bantamweight) and European champion Anna Michalczuk 1 minute and 39 seconds into the third round.
Michalczuk, seeded number four in the flyweight division, was 23-7 ahead when the Finnish referee stopped the bout at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao.
Smith won two bouts to get to today’s last-16 clash with the Pole.
The 7th AIBA World Women’s Championships is also acting as the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers.
7th AIBA World Women’s Championships Qinhuangdao, China
(Afternoon sessions begin at 2pm local time, 7am Irish time)
51kg (Last 64)
Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Veglina Svetlana (Tajikistan) RSC3
75kg (Last 64)
Sinead Kavanagh (Ireland) lost to Francelis Paez Carmona (Venezuela) 19-23
May 13th (Last 32)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Sarah-Joy Iris Rae (Jamaica) 12-4
60Kg (Last 32)
Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Rim Jouini (Tunisia) 19-6
May 15th (Last 16)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Anna Karolina Michalczuk (Poland) RSC3 (Ref Stops Contest 3)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Saida Khassenova (Kazakhstan) RSC4
May 16th (Quarter-finals - Afternoon)
60kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Mihaela Lacatus (Romania)
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