KO Céire – Smith gets Ireland off to perfect start at European Championships

Céire Smith got Ireland off to an emphatic winning start at the 12th European Women’s Elite Championships in Madrid today

The Cavan flyweight stopped Hungary’s Krisztina Beri in the second round to progress to the last 16 in the 51kg class.

Smith, who used her backhand to solid effect in the first, dropped the brave Magyar with a left hook in the second and her opponent took another count from another left moments after visiting the canvas.

The ref then waved it off after Beri took a third count from a righ near the end of the frame.

Smith will be back between the ropes tomorrow with a Titanic task in Turkey’s Naz Buse Cakiroglu.

The Istanbul-based southpaw, who receive a bye into the last 16, claimed gold at the European Games in Minsk earlier this summer and is the No. 1 seed in Spain.

European Women’s Elite Championships Madrid, Spain August 22/31

August 25th
Last 32
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Krisztina Beri (Hungary)

Monday August 26th
Last 16
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Naz Buse Cakiroglu (Turkey)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Dominika Ciklova (Czech Republic)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Tetiana Petrovich (Ukraine)

Tuesday August 27th
Last 16
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Anna Van Leeuwen (Netherlands)

Irish squad
48kg: NO ENTRY
51kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan/Virginia)
54kg: NO ENTRY
57kg: NO ENTRY
60kg: Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
64kg: NO ENTRY
69kg: Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)
75kg: Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)
80kg: NO ENTRY
+80kg: NO ENTRY

Team manager: JP Kinsella
Coaches: Zaur Antia and Damian Kennedy
Physio: David Cooke


Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie