There was double disappointment today after Kristina O’Hara and Christina Desmond lost out at the last-eight stage at the European Union Women’s Championships in Cascia, Italy.

O’Hara was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a 4-1 split verdict to Italy’s Roberta Bonatte in the light-fly class.

Desmond lost on a unanimous decision to Dutch orthodox Nouchka Fontijn, the 2016 Olympic finalist and current World No. 2 ranked middleweight.

Dervla Duffy and Michaela Walsh are in action in the quarter-finals and semi-finals tomorrow.

World Elite silver medallist Kellie Harrington and Grainne Walsh fight in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Boxing begins at 3.30pm (Irish time) each day.


European Union Women’s Championships Cascia, Italy August 4th/13th

August 5th

Last 16

54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Ebonie Jones (England) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Kinga Szalachcic (Poland) 4-1

August 6th

Last 16

48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) beat Saru Lehtonen (Finland) 5-0
51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) lost to Wassila Lkhadiri (France) 2-3
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0

August 7th


54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Julia Coroli (Moldova) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Ditteajaaja Frostholm (Denmark) 5-0
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Lauren Price (Wales) 3-2

August 8th


48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) lost to Roberta Bonatte (Italy) 1-4
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands) 0-5

August 9th


57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) v Ornella Wahner (Germany)


54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Helena Envall (Sweden)

August 11th


60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Irma Testa (Italy)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Sandy Ryan (England)

(Bout dates are subject to change)

Irish squad

48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco)
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim) (Bronze, at least)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys) (Bronze, at least)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus) (Bronze, at least)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

Team Manager/High Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc and Jimmy Payne

Physio: Maureen Harte

R&J: Jim Murrin