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Women’s World Championship draw- Smith gets Ireland underway

Ceire Smith will get Ireland’s campaign at the 11th World Elite Women’s Championships underway in Siberia tomorrow.

The Cavan flyweight meets Australia’s Taylah Robertson for a place in the last 16 in Ulan-Ude.

Cork’s Christina Desmond, a European Elite bronze medallist, meets England’s current Commonwealth champion Sandy Ryan in the last 32 on Friday.

Michaela Walsh, the No. 5 seed in Ulan-Ude, is in against Mali feather on Saturday, followed by Amy Broadhurst versus German light Maya Kleinhans on Sunday.

Team Ireland participated in the opening ceremony for the 11th edition of the tournament this afternoon.

Boxing begins at 11am tomorrow morning (Irish time). Smith will be in the ring at approximately 11.30am.

Desmond is in action at approximately 12.30pm (Irish time) on Friday.

Click here for Day 1 & 2 schedule.

World Women’s Elite Championships Ulan-Ude, Siberia, Russia

October 3

Last 32

51kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Taylah Robertson (Australia)

October 4

Last 32

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Sandy Ryan (England)

October 5

Last 32

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Carmara Fatoumata (Mali)

October 6

Last 32

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Maya Kleinhans (Germany)

Irish squad

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)

69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

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