Grace forced to pull out of the Worlds due to bad cut

Irish team manager Anna Moore has confirmed that Kilkenny welterweight Claire Grace has been withdrawn from the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships in Jeju, South Korea through injury.

Grace did not weigh-in this morning (Korea is nine hours ahead of Ireland and the weigh-ins took place between 7am and 8am local time) and Turkey’s Guluzar Kara, who Grace was slated to meet today, now advances to the quarter-finals on a walkover.

Grace, who is ranked No. 10 in the world by AIBA, sustained a nasty cut over her left eye in her win over Romania’s Cristina Stanca on Monday.

Anna Moore said that the Irish coaching staff decided to withdraw the Irish Elite champion from the tournament for welfare and safety reasons.

Michaela Walsh and Katie Taylor will be in action on Thursday in Jeju.

AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships Jeju, Korea November 16/24

November 17th (last 32)

57kg Joanne Lambe (Ireland) lost to Qiong Lu (China) 0-3

69kg Claire Grace (Ireland) beat Cristina Stanca (Romania) 3-0

November 18th (last 32)

54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Sarah Joy Rae (Jamaica) 3-0

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Kezial Valerian Spicer (Dominica) 3-0

November 19th (last 16)

69kg Claire Grace (Ireland) lost to Guluzar Kara (Turkey) W/O
(Grace withdraws because of injury sustained in the last 32))

November 20th (last 16)

54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Anna Alimardanova (Azerbaijan) (Afternoon)

60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Mira Potkonen (Finland) (Afternoon)

(Afternoon and evening sessions begin at 5am and 10am each morning (Irish times)

(Irish squad)

54kg Michaela Walsh (Holy Family)
57kg Joanna Lambe (Carrickmacross)
60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)
69kg Claire Grace (Callan)

Team manager Anna Moore
Coaches Pete Taylor, Zuare Antia, Gerry Storey

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