Amy Broadhurst joined Kellie Harrington in Tuesday’s World Women’s Elite quarter-finals in New Delhi after posting an impressive win over Armenia this afternoon.

The Dundalk light-welter scored a unanimous decision over Ani Hovsepyan and will face India’s Kaur Baatth for at least bronze tomorrow.

Harrington meets Canadian lightweight Caroline Veyre, who she beat in the 2017 Celtic Box Cup final in Dungarvan, aiming for her second successive World Elite medal.

Meantime, Belfast feather Michaela Walsh lost on a 4-1 split verdict to Italy’s World Elite champion Alessia Mesiano, who Walsh beat earlier this year, after three close rounds in the 57kg class this afternoon. (Walsh versus Mesiano pictured below today)

Welsh middleweight Lauren Price advanced to the last eight  at the expense of Ireland’s Aoife O’ Rourke this morning.The current Commonwealth Games champion earned a unanimous decision after a close encounter in New Delhi.

O’Rourke, a silver medallist at the European U/22s, held the centre of the ring for most of the three rounds, worked hard and found the target with two big rights at the start of the second and third.

Price, a European Elite bronze medallist, impressed on the counter in all three rounds.

Earlier, Ceire Smith lost on a 3-2 split decision after it went back to the judges following  majority draw versus Japan’s Namiki Tukimi.

The Cavan flyweight countered well, particularly in rounds one and two, against the aggressive Asian.

Tukimi received a public warning for punching the Smith in the back of the head in the third.

The final scores read 28-28, 28-28,28-28 and 29-27,29-27 to Smith, but when it went back to the judges they sided with Tukimi on a 3-2 split.

“I was sure I actually had done enough. Gutted to be honest,” said Smith after the three-rounder.

Monday is the last day of preliminaries in New Delhi.


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) v Caroline Veyre (Canada)
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Kaur Baath (India)

Irish squad

51kg Ceire Smith (Virginia)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s)
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