Irish World Youth squad

Irish boxing is gearing up for another key weekend in top international competition.

Katelynn Phelan and Caitlin Fryers are between the ropes in the semi-finals of the World Women’s Youth Championships in Guwahati,India.

Phelan, a 2015 European Junior bronze medallist, is first up Friday and will be aiming to upgrade her guaranteed bronze to at least silver versus Ekaterina Dynnik.

The Russian light-welter claimed silver and bronze at the 2016 and 2017 European Youths and gold and bronze at the 2015 European and World Junior Championships.

She edged out Ireland’s Shauna O’Callaghan in the 2015 European Junior final in Hungary and in the 2015 World Junior quarter-final in Chinese-Taipei, winning 2-1 on split decisions on both occasions.

Fryers, a European Youth and Junior silver and bronze medallist, meets Zhazira Urakbayeva of Kazakhstan in Saturday’s light-fly semi-final.

The Kazakh secured bronze at the 2015 World Juniors and reached the Ahmert Comert Youth final in Turkey earlier this year.

Please click here for Friday’s schedule. Saturday’s program has yet to be published.

The Irish squad trained this afternoon ahead of the weekend’s last-four deciders. 19 nations are represented in the semi-finals.

Meantime, Irish boxing has now won 29 medals in World and European level at all levels – male and female – from Elite to Junior/Schoolboy since June of this year.

The colour of two of those medals will be determined this weekend in the final World and European outing of 2017 for Irish boxing.

AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships Guwahati, India

November 19th

Last 32

51kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Molchanova (Russia) 0-5

November 20th

Last 32

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Nasu Misaki (Japan) 5-0

Last 16

69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) beat Olivia Hussey (England) 3-2

75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Ya Chun-Yang (Chinese Taipei) 0-5

November 21st

Last 16

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Sumaiya Kosimova (Tajikistan) 5-0
54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Marie Bachmaier (Germany) 1-4
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Ireland) lost to Namuun Monkhor (Mongolia) RETI3

60kg Marguerita Nevin (Ireland) lost to Klaudia Budasz (Poland) 2-3

November 22nd


48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Karina Tuvakova (Russia) 3-2

64kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) beat Aidyl Cardenas (USA) 4-1

69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) lost to Citalli Ortiz (USA) 0-5

November 24th


64kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) v Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia)

November 25th


48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) v Zhazira Urakbayeva (Kazakhstan)

Irish Squad

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Immaculata) (Bronze, at least)
51kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
54kg Mary Geraghty (Baldoyle)
57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Carndonagh)
60kg Marguerita Nevin (St.Brigid’s, Kildare)
64kg Katelynn Phelan (St.Brigid’s, Kildare) (Bronze, at least)
69kg Shannon Reilly (Bray)
75kg Lauren Kelly (St.Brigid’s, Edenderry)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Jimmy Payne, Liam Brereton, Antia Just
R&J: Sadie Duffy