Daina Moorehouse, pictured above with Brandon McCarthy, advanced to the quarter-finals of the AIBA World Men’s and Youth Championships in Hungary this afternoon.

The current European Youth champion beat Spain’s Marta Lopez Del Arbol in Budapest to record Ireland’s first win of the tournament.

Moorehouse won on a 4-1 split decision in a repeat of the European Youth quarter-final which the Andalucía light-fly lost to the Bray woman in Italy earlier this year.

Moorehouse will now meet Thailand’s  Nillda Meekoon on Sunday with at least bronze up for grabs.

Moorehouse (blue) today

Earlier today, Brandon McCarthy bowed out at the last 32 stage this morning.

The Kildare bantamweight lost on a unanimous decision to India’s Kumar Akash after an entertaining 56kg clash.

McCarthy drove home big shots in all three frames, two sweeping hooks in the opening exchanges, solid rights at the end of the second and a fine uppercut in the third were the pick of his punches.

But the judges went for the relentless aggression, punch volume and work ethic of Akash. Finals scores – 30-27,30-27,29-28,29-28,29-28.

Caitlin Fryers, a bronze medallist at the 2017 World Youths, and Irish male captain Jude Gallagher are in action tomorrow versus Thailand and China.

Images courtesy of Tara Mari Robins.


AIBA World Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Budapest, Hungary


August 22

Last 32
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to  Kumar Akash (India) 0-5

Last 16
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) beat Marta Lopez Del Arbol (Spain) 4-1


August 21

Last 32

57kg:Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) lost to Panpatchara Somnuek (Thailand) 2-3
52kg:Dean Clancy (Ireland) lost to Asa Stevens (USA) 2-3

August 23

Last 32
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Kittiya Nampa (Thailand)  (afternoon)

Last 16
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Renuex Zhao (China) (evening)

August 26


48kg Diana Moorehouse (Ireland) v Nillda Meekoon (Thailand) (afternoon)

Last 16

75kg: Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Tallya Brillaux (France) (afternoon)

Irish squad


48kg Daina Moorhouse (Enniskerry)
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata)
57kg Dearbhla Rooney (Sean McDermot)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St Brigid’s Edenderry) Cpt


49kg Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) Cpt
52kg Dean Clancy (Ballinacarrow)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)

Team managers: Stephen Connolly and Tara Mari Robins

Head coach: Billy McClean

Coaches: Michael Carruth, Michael Mongan, Anita Just

Physio: David Cooke