Barys Arena - tournament venue

Barys Arena – tournament venue



Donna Barr lost on her World Elite Championships debut to Canada’s Kim Klavel in Astana, Kazakhstan today.

The Donegal light-fly appeared to have curbed Klavel’s enthusiasm in the first round with some well-timed counters and shots off both hands.

But Klavel edged the frame 10-9 across the board and forced the Irishwoman into standing counts off two big rights in the second and third before taking fourth on all cards to seal a comprehensive victory.

She’ll now meet Romanian No. 3 seed Steluta Buta in the last 16.

Katie Taylor begins her quest for an historic sixth successive world lightweight title and a place at the Rio Olympics versus Sweden’s ex World Youth champion Agnes Alexiusson this afternoon.

Both women are in action in the first bout on the program in Ring A. Boxing begins at 2pm (Irish time).

Click here for today’s program.




AIBA World Women’s Championships Astana, Kazakhstan

May 19th (Last 64)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Ingrit Valencia (Colombia) 0-2

May 20th (Last 32)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Diletta Cipallane (Italy) 0-3
57kg Moira McElligot (Ireland) lost to Sati Burcu (Turkey) 1-2
64kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) beat Austeja Auciute (Lithuania) 3-0
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Khadija Mardi (Morocco) 0-3

May 21st (Last 32)
48kg Donna Barr (Ireland) lost to Kim Klavel (Canada) 0-3
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Agnes Alexiusson (Sweden)

May 22nd (Last 16)
64kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) v Cindy Rogge (Germany) or Eszter Olah (Hungary)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Hanna Solecka (Poland)

Irish squad

48kg Donna Barr (Twin Towns)

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)

57kg Moira McElligot (St Michael’s Athy)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

64kg Kelly Harrington (Glasnevin)

69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Gerry Storey, Pat McDonagh