The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) is sending a mix of Youth and experience in its squad for the forthcoming 10th edition of the AIBA Women’s World Championships in New Delhi,India.
It was in New Delhi back in 2006 that now Pro champion, Katie Taylor took the first of five successive AIBA World Amateur titles defeating Argentina’s Erica Annabelle Farias 31-14 under the old scoring system in a tournament that also featured such as Eva Walstroem (Finland), Carrie Barry & Marlen Esparza (U.S), Canada’s Mary Spencer & Ariane Fortin, Sofya Ochigava (Russia), the host nation’s ‘evergreen’ M-C Mary Kom and Sarita Devi Laishram and Romania’s Steluta Duta and Sweden’s Klara Svensson. Its 50/1 all six get a medal. you wouldn’t need a free bet calculator to figure out that 10euro would get you back 500euro.
The first edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was held in the Unites States in Scranton in 2001. New Delhi will be the fourth-in-a-row Asian city organizing the event after Qinhuangdao, Jeju and Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
In this year’s event the Irish squad have been training not only at the HPU centre in Abbotstown, Dublin but are now, with Greece, USA, Sweden, Great Britain and hosts Germany at the latter’s Olympic & Paralympic Centre in Kienbaum, some 35kms from the German capital Berlin.
It will be like ‘old times’ for the Irish boxers and coaches since also at the camp will be former IABA Head Coach Billy Walsh now with Team USA whilst another former IABA Coach, Wexford’s Eddie Bolger is now one of the key men behind the scenes in Team Germany.
The teams are at the camp ahead of the start of the World Championships in New Delhi on November 15 and have been for the past three days.
This is the first time that Ireland is sending a six strong squad, a nice blend of Youth and experience since it includes not only European & World medallist, Kelly Harrington, now following in Taylor’s footsteps at 60kg, Michaela Walsh who has medalled at several major international events including this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia and Cavan’s Ceire Smith but also Dundalk’s Amy Broadhurst, who has won gold, silver and bronze for club and country in Juniors, Youth and Senior championships.
On top form Harrington and Michaela Walsh would appear good bets for medals at this event which sees a new twist this year as according to Colombian boxing sources their WBA Interim PRO Bantam champion Dayana Cordero has been chosen to represent her native land in India.
That, on the face of it, would seem a breach of existing AIBA rules which were designed so that only in Olympic qualifiers (which this is NOT) could a Pro boxer enter an AIBA tournament. At the time of going to press, AIBA had NOT responded to a request from SportsNews IRELAND for comment.
Spartacus Tullamore’s Grainne Walsh, is another star of the future and so too Castlerea’s Aoife O’Rourke, a medallist at the recent AIBA World Youth championships and for whom this will be a ‘baptism of fire’ in the senior elite ranks.
A record number of medals have been won by Irish boxers in Elite, Youth, Junior and Schoolboy/girl competition so far in 2018 according to IABA sources.
“The count stands at 61 medals, 39 of which were won at World, European and Olympic Youth level at all grades from Elite to Schoolboy/girl.
22 medals were secured in multi-nation competition in Europe.
The combined total is 12 gold, 17 silver and 32 bronze since April and hopefully a few more after these Women’s Worlds and the European men’s Championships also in November”.
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51kg Ceire Smith (Virginia BC, Cavan)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown BC,Antrim)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s BC,Dublin)
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan BC,Louth)
69kh Grainne Walsh (Spartacus BC,Offaly)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea BC,Roscommon)
Team Manager: Bernard Dunne – HPU
Coaches: Zauri Antia (HPU Head Coach) & Dmitry Dimitruk (HPU & Spartacus)