Kristina O’Hara meetS India’s five-time World champion Mery Kom in the light-fly final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday.
Both women won their semi-finals in the early hours of this morning, with O’Hara upgrading her guaranteed bronze to silver with a convincing unanimous decision over Tasymn Benny of New Zealand in her second win of the tournament.
Irish Rio 2016 Olympians Brendan Irvine and Steven Donnelly also won to guarantee themselves at least bronze, but Alanna Nihell bowed out at the last-eight stage to England’s
Donnelly, who reached the last-eight at Rio 2016, has now won three fights on the Gold Coast and is hitting peak form going into the business end of the tournament.
Carly McNaul also won this morning, the Belfast fly, who was well ahaed on a points, advancing after her bout with Ayisat Oriyomi (Nigeria) was abandoned in round two.
James McGivern completed the action for Northern Ireland, which is assured of eight medals, with a convincing unanimous decision over Jean John Colin of Mauritis.
Tomorrow is a rest day at the tournament. The semi-finals and finals will be decided Friday and Saturday.
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast Australia
48kg Kristina O’Hara beat Lynsey Holdaway (Wales) 3-2
57kg Michaela Walsh beat Keamogeste Kenosi (Botswana) RSC3
51kg Carly McNaul beat Ayisat Oriyomi (Nigeria) ABD2
60kg Alanna Nihell lost to Page Murney (England) 0-5
48kg Kristina O’Hara beat Tasymn Benny (New Zealand) 5-0
51kg Carly McNaul v Christine Ongare (Kenya)
57kg Michaela Walsh v Alexis Pritchard (New Zealand)
48kg Kristina O’Hara v Mery Kom (India)
75kg Steven Donnelly beat Kyran Jones (Wales) 4-1
56kg Kurt Walker beat Jack Bowen (Australia) 4-1
69kg Aidan Walsh beat Gul Zaib (Pakistan) 5-0
64kg Sean McComb lost to Luke McCormack (England) 1-4
75kg Steven Donnelly beat Gibrilla Kamara (Sierra Leone) 5-0
52kg Brendan Irvine beat Jabah Breedy (Barbados) 5-0
60kg James McGivern beat Emanuel Ngoma (Zambia) RSC2
56kg Kurt Walker beat Moroke Mokhotho (Lesotho) 4-1
69kg Aidan Walsh beat Leroy Hindley (New Zealand) 5-0
91kg Damien Sullivan lost to Jason Whateley (Australia) 1-4
91kg+ Stephen McMonagle lost to Patrick Mailato (New Zealand) 0-5
52kg Brendan Irvine beat Rajab Mahommed (Botswana) 4-1
60kg James McGivern beat Jean John Colin (Mauritis) 5-0
75kg Steven Donnelly beat Henry Tyrell (Samoa) 5-0
52kg Brendan Irvine v Reece McFadden (Scotland)
56kg Kurt Walker v Eric Bastion (Canada)
60kg James McGivern v Manish Kaushik (India)
69kg Aidan Walsh v Wilson Hill (Fiji)
75kg Steven Donnelly v Vikas Krishan (India)
Northern Ireland Squad
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco) (Silver, at least)
51kg Carly McNaul (Holy Family) (Bronze, at least)
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s) (Bronze, at least)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal) (Bronze, at least)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown) (Bronze, at least)
60kg James McGivern (St Georges) (Bronze, at least)
60kg Alanna Nihell (Eastside/British Army)
64kg Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown) (Bronze, at least)
75kg Steven Donnelly (All Saints) (Bronze, at least)
91kg Damien Sullivan (Emerald)
+91kg Stephen McMonagle (Holy Trinity)
Coaches: John Conlan, Peter Brady and Damien Kennedy