Ireland to face India in international match tomorrow night


Ireland meet India in a Senior Women’s International at the National Stadium on Saturday night.

Belfast’s Kristina O’Hara lines out at light-flyweight versus London 2012 bronze medallist Mary Kom in Dublin.

Kom has claimed five AIBA World Elite titles and four Asian Elite gold medals in her glittering career.

A silver medallist at the inaugural World Women’s World Championships in 2001 in the USA, she received an International Boxing Association Legend Award in 2016, along with Olympic champions Felix Savon and Wladimir Klitschko and Brahim Asloum. Rome 1960 Olympic champion Muhammad Ali was also honoured.

O’Hara, meanwhile, impressed at the recent EU Women’s Championships in Italy where she was unlucky to go out at the last-eight stage on a dubious split decision to Italy’s eventual silver medallist Roberta Bonatti.

The St John Bosco was decorated at underage level and is now targeting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Cork’s European Elite bronze medallist Christina Desmond meets Sonia Lather in the middleweight class, while former World Youth champion and Olympic Youth silver medallist Ciara Ginty faces Sim Ranjit Kaur Baatth over three rounds at light-welter.

Ireland and India alongside numerous other nations including Norway, Canada, and Taiwan have been training at the St Brigid’s BC in Edenderry ahead of Saturday’s meeting.

Over 100 boxers have taken part in the international training camp organised by coach Liam Brereton, which is believed to be the largest gathering of female boxers outside competition in history.

Saturday’s international begins at 7pm. Seven underage Ireland v India exhibition matches will be held before the main event of the evening.

Tickets are payable at the door. €10 for adults, €5 for children.

Ireland v India National Stadium, September 2nd (7pm)

Open Sparring/Exhibitions (4.30pm)
51kg Labhaoise Clarke (Cardonagh) v Neeraj Phogat (India)
51kg Sionnan McKenna (Holy Family) v Pinki Rani (India)
54kg Margeurita Nevin (St Brigid’s Kildare) v Shiksha Narwal (India)
60kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa) v Sonia Chahal (India)
60kg Kateyln Phelan St Brigid’s Kildare) v Monika Singh (India)
69kg Nadine Dermody (Raging Bull) v Pooja Singh (India)
75kg Aoife Burke St Mary’s) v Saweety Boora (India)

Senior International
Ireland v India (7pm)
48kg Lauren Hogan (St Brigid’s, Edenderry) v Krishna Thapa (India)
48kg Ciara Anderson (Twin Towns) v Monika Bagri (India)
48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Anne’s) v Sarjubala Devi Shamjetsabam (India)
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco) v Mary Kom India)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Ryston) v Vanlal Duati (India)
57kg Tegan Russell (Fr Horgan’s) v Sonia Lather (India)
60kg Amanda Coughlan (Paulstown) v Preeti Beniwal (India)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala) v Sim Ranjit Kaur Baatth (India)
64kg Cheyanne O’Neill (Athlone) v Jyoti Grewal (India)
69kg Gillian Duffy (Bray) v Lovlina Bogohain (India)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s) v Kavita Goyat (India)
81kg Caroline Connolly (Mourne GG) v Bhagyabati Kachari (India)
81kg+ Dianne Campbell (Garda BC, Swords) v Seema Poonia (India)

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