Barys Arena - tournament venue

Barys Arena – tournament venue

Dervla Duffy, Moira McElligot, Kelly Harrington and Christina Desmond are in last 32 action at the World Women’s Elite Championships and Olympic qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan tomorrow.

Please click here for program. Local times apply. Astana is five hours ahead of Ireland.

Desmond meets Khadija Mardi of Morocco over four, two minutes rounds at middleweight, which is one of the three Olympic weights for women. Mardi booked a ticket for Rio 2016 through the African qualifiers earlier this year.

Earlier today, Ceire Smith bowed out despite a big performance in Central Asia.

The Cavan BC flyweight was beaten on a majority decision by Colombia’s Rio 2016 Olympian Ingrit Valencia in the last 64 of the tournament.

Ceire Smith in action in Astana today

Ceire Smith in action in Astana today

Smith impressed to take the first round on all three cards, but Valencia claimed the final three frames – the second on a split – to secure victory against the Irishwoman.

Irish team manager Anna Moore said they felt Smith had done enough to advance from the Olympic flyweight four-rounder

Meantime, Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson beat Italy’s Rio Olympian Irma Testa today and meets Katie Taylor on Saturday.

The top four boxers (the semi-finalists) in each of the three Olympic weights – flyweight, lightweight and middleweights – in Astana qualify for Rio 2016.

Boxers in the other weights in Astana are competing for medals at the 9th edition of the tournament.

Grainne Walsh received a bye into the last-16 and will be between the ropes on Sunday.



AIBA World Women’s Championships Astana, Kazakhstan

May 19th (Last 64)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Ingrit Valencia (Colombia) 0-2

May 20th (Last 32)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) v Diletta Cipallane (Italy)
57kg Moira McElliggot (Ireland) v Sati Burcu (Turkey)
64kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) v Austeja Auciute (Lithuania)
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Khadija Mardi (Morocco)

May 21st (Last 32)
48kg Donna Barr (Ireland) v Kim Klavel (Canada)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Agnes Alexiusson (Sweden)

May 22nd (Last 16)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Hanna Solecka (Poland)

Irish squad

48kg Donna Barr (Twin Towns)

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)

57kg Moira McElligot (St Michael’s Athy)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

64kg Kelly Harrington (Glasnevin)

69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Gerry Storey, Pat McDonagh

Physio: Molly Ryan