Joanne Richard’s guaranteed Ireland at least one bronze medal at the AIBA World Youth and Junior Championships in Taipei, Taiwan today.
The St Michael’s (New Ross) BC ace comprehensively beat Indian light-welter Shruti Yadav on a unanimous decision, with one judge scoring all three rounds 10-8 to the Irish champion.
Yadav, who was being tipped to win gold, started each round aggressively, but a focused and determined-looking Richards held her composure and stood her ground to pick off clean and solid shots to ensure that her country won’t be returning empty handed from Asia.
She’ll now meet Kylie Hall of the USA in the Junior 66kg semi-final.
Orla Garvey was also in action today, but despite a typically brave performance the Irish feather was beaten by Zhane Crocket of the USA.
Natasha Logan and Ciara Ginty will be between the ropes this afternoon. Logan will be in the ring at exactly 12pm, followed by Ginty at approximately 1:45pm)
Irish times apply above. Taiwan is seven hours ahead of Ireland.
Irish women’s boxing is proudly sponsored by QuickPark of Dublin Airport.
2015 AIBA World Women’s Youth and Junior Championships Taipei, Taiwan– May 15th/24th.
60kg Shannon Edge (Ireland) lost to Darlin Calderon (Dominican Rep) 0-3
48kg Emma Flannery (Ireland) lost to Justine Metzdorf (Germany) 1-2
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Ireland) lost to Aidanan Baltabayeva (Kazakhstan) 0-2
57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Aigerim Oshakbay (Kazakhstan) 2-1
57kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) lost to Xingyan Gao (China) 1-2
54kg Natasha Logan (Ireland) v Aliya Valizada (Azerbaijan)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Ireland) v Aida Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan)
75kg Aoife Burke (Ireland) v Chantelle Reid (England) or Anna Anfinogenova (Russia)
50kg Kelsey Leonard beat Ching Shin Wang (Chinese Taipei) 3-0
46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Ireland) lost to Karina Tuvakova (Russia) 1-2
48kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Heaven Garcia (USA) 0-3
52kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) beat Anna Krasnoperova (Russia) 2-1
57kg Orla Garvey beat Havvanur En (Turkey) 2-0
57kg Orla Garvey (Ireland) lost to Zhane Crockett (USA) 0-3
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) beat Shruti Yadav (India) 3-0
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Ireland) v Mungunsaran Balsan (Mongolia)
57kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) v Zane Crockett (USA)
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Ireland) v Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia)
66kg Joanne Richards (Ireland) v Kylie Hall (USA)
48kg Emma Flannery (Baldoyle)
51kg Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves)
54kg Natasha Logan (St Brigids, Edenderry)
57kg Amy Boardhurst (Dealgan)
60kg Shannon Edge (St Brigids, Edenderry)
64kg Ciara Ginty (Geesala)
75kg Aoife Burke (St Mary’s)
46kg Kayleigh Lynch (Golden Gloves)
48kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
50kg Kelsey Leonard (Curragh)
52kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
57kg Orla Garvey (Dealgan)
60kg Shauna O’ Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
66kg Joanne Richards (St Michael’s New Ross) (Bronze, at least)
Team manager: Fiona Hennigan
Coaches: Gerry Storey, Liam Brereton & Anita Just
R&J: Dermot McDermot