Caitlin Fryers, pictured above (red) in today’s bout, is out of the AIBA World Men’s and Youth Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The Belfast flyweight, at the beginning of a campaign to match or surpass her bronze medal at the 2017 Worlds Youths, was beaten on a 4-1 split decision by Thailand’s Kittiya Nampa after three close rounds.
Aggressive throughout and taking the fight to her opponent, Fryers game plan was to circumvent the longer reach of the Asian southpaw, and she mostly achieved that, particularly in the opening seconds of the third with Nampa taking four/five unanswered head shots.
The Thai southpaw, effective with her backhand, was also on the floor from a hook at the end second but that was ruled a slip. Overall, a big performance from Fryers.
Irish male captain Jude Gallagher is in action versus China at approximately 4.15pm (Irish time) today.
AIBA World Men’s and Women’s Youth Championships Budapest, Hungary
51kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) lost to Kittiya Nampa (Thailand) 1-4
49kg Jude Gallagher (Ireland) v Renuex Zhao (China) (evening)
56kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Kumar Akash (India) 0-5
48kg Daina Moorehouse (Ireland) beat Marta Lopez Del Arbol (Spain) 4-1
57kg:Dearbhla Rooney (Ireland) lost to Panpatchara Somnuek (Thailand) 2-3
52kg:Dean Clancy (Ireland) lost to Asa Stevens (USA) 2-3)
48kg Diana Moorehouse (Ireland) v Nillda Meekoon (Thailand) (afternoon)
75kg: Lauren Kelly (Ireland) v Tallya Brillaux (France) (afternoon)
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