Kellie Harrington (red)

Kellie Harrington and Kazakhstan’s Karina Ibragimova meet for a place in the lightweight final at the World Elite Women’s Championships in New Delhi, India tomorrow.

Both women will be in the ring at approximately 11.50am (Irish time) Thursday morning.

Thailand’s Sudapom Seesondee, who shocked Finland’s No. 1 seed Mira Potkonen in the last eight, and Korea’s Yeonji Oh meet in the corresponding semi-final heading into a weekend in which there’ll be a new name on the 60kg title.

Dublin native Harrington, a silver medallist at light welter at the 2016 World Elites in Kazakhstan, has won three bouts so far in New Delhi.

Except for the first two World Women’s Championships in 2001 and 2002 when it was won by Canada, the lightweight belt has remained in Europe since 2005, with Russia and France securing the 60kg crown twice and Ireland, courtesy of Katie Taylor, claiming it five times.

France’s Estelle Mossely is not defending the lightweight title she won in 2016 in New Delhi as she’s turned professional.

All of the world’s female  Olympic champions – England’s Nicola Adams (2), America’s Claressa Shields (2), Taylor and Mossley –  from the first two Olympiads featuring women’s boxing at London 2012 and Rio 2016 have now switched codes.

Meantime, the first batch of semi-finals will be decided tomorrow in New Delhi with the second session of last four matches scheduled for Friday.

21 nations, including Ireland, are guaranteed at least bronze in India.

The finals are scheduled for Saturday with a 10.30am (Irish time) start.


November 16

Last 32

60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Troy Garton (New Zealand) 5-0

November 17

Last 32

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Gabriela Dimitrova Bulgaria) 3-2
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 4-1
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia) 4-1
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Ya Chu Yang (Taipei) 5-0

November 18

Last 16

60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Sarita Devi (India) 3-2
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) lost to Noella Perez (Argentina) 2-3

November 19

Last 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Namiki Tukimi (Japan) 2-3
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Alessia Mesiano (Italy) 1-4
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Ani Hovsepyan (Armenia) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Lauren Price (Wales) 0-5

November 20


60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Caroline Veyre (Canada) 5-0
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) lost to Simranjit Baath Kaur (India) 1-3

November 22


60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Karina Ibragimova (Kazakhstan)
60kg Sudapo Seesondee (Thailand) v Yeonji Oh (Korea)

Irish squad

51kg Ceire Smith (Virginia)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s) (Bronze, at least)
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
69kh Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)

Team manager: Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Zaur Antia & Dmitry Dimitruk

Physio: Muireann Harte