It’s going to be an early opening bell for Irish boxing at the World Women’s Elites in Ulan-Ude, Siberia tomorrow.

Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh will be between the ropes at 6am and 6.30am (Irish times) battling for places in the quarter-finals.

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Smith meets North Korea’s No. 1 seed Mi Choi Pang in the flyweight class in Ring A and Walsh is in against Russian feather Liudmila Vorontsova in Ring B.

Team Ireland’s four-strong squad have recorded four wins on the bounce so far, with Smith, Walsh, Christina Desmond and Amy Broadhurst having their hands raised in victory.

Bernard Dunne, the IABA High-Performance Director in Siberia, said Smith and Walsh can’t wait to get in the ring on Tuesday.

“It’s a tough challenge as you would expect at a World Championships but an excellent opportunity to get into the top eight,” he said.  “The squad are buzzing and are in great spirits.”

Meanwhile, Desmond and Broadhurst box Wednesday.

Ulan-Ude is seven hours ahead of Ireland.

(Image: Ceire Smith in action versus Australia earlier in the tournament)


World Women’s Elite Championships Ulan-Ude, Siberia, Russia

October 8

Last 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Mi Choi Pang (North Korea)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Liudmila Vorontsova (Russia)

October 9

Last 16

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland)
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Myriam Da Silva (Canada)


October 6

Last 32

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Maya Kleinhans (Germany) 5-0

October 5

Last 32

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Carmara Fatoumata (Mali) 5-0

October 4

Last 32

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Sandy Ryan (England) 4-1

October 3

Last 32

51kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Taylah Robertson (Australia) 5-0

Irish squad

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)

69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: Dimitry Dimitruk and Damian Kennedy