Laura Moran blasted her way into the World Youth Championship medals in Spain this evening.
The St Annes fighter made sure the judges were not going to decide her faith when she took on home fighter Daniela Irina Llorente Golai ib La Nuci and came out firing to secure a first round stoppage win.
The Mayo teen handed her opponent two standing eights in quick succession at the tail end of the opening session, prompting the referee to call a halt to proceedings and present the Team Ireland light middle with victory before the first round had ended.
It means Moran has added at least World Youth Championships bronze to the European Youth Silver medal she collected earlier in the year.
Moran will fight for silver and a place in another major International final later this week.
There was mixed fortunes for Ireland in the afternoon session as Jim Donovan and Nathan Ojo both stepped onto the podium thanks to quarter-final wins over Iraq’s Naeem Hussein Hussein Yousif and Egypt’s Ibra Naeim Mohamed Hamza Tamin respectively, while Gavin Ryan couldn’t quite step onto the podium losing out to Uzbekistan.
Two more Irish fighters look to get in the medals this evening. Team Co-Captain, light heavy Dearbhla Tinnelly makes her tournament debut against Romania’s Maria Gheorghita Cimpoeru in bout 5. Middleweight TJ King takes on Belgium’s Hadit Noa in Bout 10.
Light middle Laura Moran meets home boxer, Daniela Irina Llorente Golai, in bout 3 in ring B.
Moran came out aggressively and while her Spanish opponent looked to match her for work rate she wasn’t on par when it came to precision and power.
The Westerner began to land clean right hands on a regular basis and once she sensed her foe was hurt she went for the kill.
Moran pinned Golai to the ropes, let her hands go and two standing eights later was confirmed as a World Youth Championship medal winner.
Team Ireland Squad
48kg Thady Patsy Joyce, Olympic L, Westmeath
51kg Jack Harkin, Oakleaf BC, Derry
54kg Gavin Ryan, Ratoath BC, Meath
57kg Roy Farrelly, Avona BC, Dublin
60kg Lee McEvoy, Avona BC, Dublin
63.5kg Conor McCrory, Townland ABC.
67kg James Donovan, OLOL, Limerick
71kg Bobbi Flood, Cabra BC, Dublin
75kg TJ King, Phoenix of Ballyboughal, Dublin
80kg Ryan Murphy, Neilstown, Dublin
86kg Nathan Ojo, Esker, Dublin
92kg David McDonagh, Olympic BC, Galway
92+ Bernard Cawley, St. David’s BC, Naas
48kg Georgia McGovern, Setanta L, Kildare
50kg Caoimhe Kinsella, St Anthony’s/Pats, Wexford
52kg Esther Lambe, Setanta L, Kildare
54kg Shakira Donoghue, Templemore, Tipperary
57kg Rebecca Kavanagh, Mulhuddart,
60kg Yasmin Meredith, Corinthians BC, Dublin
63kg Rebecca Collins, Baldoyle, Dublin
66kg Gabrielle Mongan, Whitechurch, Dublin
70kg Laura Moran, St Anne’s, Mayo
81kg Dearbhla Tinnelly, Clann Naofa, Louth
81+kg Cliona D’Arcy, Tobar Pheadair, Galway
Team Manager: Francis Keeling
Team Manager: Bernadette Lannon
Coach: Lynne McEnery
Coach: Michael Mongan
Coach: Liam Cunningham