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Ireland takes two Bronze medals in India

By Michael O’Neill

Two bronze medals for Ireland at the 2017 AIBA Women’s World Youth Championships in Guwahati, India where Sunday is Finals day.

Katelynn Phelan from the St.Brigid’s Club in Kildare had to settle for bronze after bowing out at the last-four stage to Ekaterina Dynnik on Friday.

The Kildare light-welter was beaten on a unanimous decision after a close 64kg encounter.

Phelan had a solid first – one sweet uppercut being the pick of her punches –  against her aggressive opponent and was on top in the opening exchanges, a series of combinations finding the target, of a close second.

The strong Russian orthodox was replying in kind in all three stanzas, however, and that’s was enough to set up Sunday’s final with India’s Ankushita Boro.

“Katelynn gave it everything and we couldn’t ask for anything more. She’s coming home with a bronze medal and we’re very proud of her,” said Irish Team Manager Anna Moore.

Caitlin Fryers lost out in her bid to reach the 48kg final on Saturday,despite an excellent performance against one of the world’s top youth boxers.

The Belfast light-fly was beaten on a 4-1 split decision – 29-28,29-28,30-27,28-29,30-27 – by Zhazira Urakbayeva of Kazakhstan.

Fryers, skillfully avoiding Urakbayeva’s rangy jab, delivered the majority of the cleaner and more solid shots in the first round.

Urakbayeva started the second brightly but was rocked by a cluster of head and body shots from Fryers inside the opening minute. The exchange, just a few punches short of a standing count being handed out, was Fryers’ best moment of the match before the Kazakh, whose reach was a constant threat, regained her composure.

Urakbayeva’s jab was prominent in the third, but Fryers. who won three of her four fights at this tournament, continued to deliver the heavier shots going down the final stretch of a see-saw final frame.

“We thought she did enough to win,” said Team Manager Anna Moore. “We definitely thought Caitlin did enough.

“We’ll be bringing home two bronze medals and we’re very proud of the performances of Caitlin and Katelynn and our entire squad against the best in the world.”

The judges though did not agree as the quartet from Turkmenistan, Iran,England and Algeria all voted for her Kazakhstan opponent with England’s Geoff Cannell voting 30-27 in the winner’s favour. The one judge who voted for Fryers was Italy’s Maria Rizzardo.

Saturday’s defeat brings Ireland’s competitive interest in the tournament to a close. Caitlin Fryers and Katelynn Phelan will be presented with their bronze medals at Sunday’s finals.

Irish boxing has now won six medals, one silver and five bronze, since the inaugural World Women’s Youth Championships in Turkey in 2011.

The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 11.20am on Tuesday morning (Terminal 1).

In such a top class tournament as the World Championships two medals does represent a good achievement but also provides the IABA with suitable warnign that if this team is to progress at senior elite level there will need to be much more financial investment to keep up with the top nations including neighbours England who have two boxers in Sunday’s finals and the hosts India who had seven in the quarter finals.

There is also need for the Irish women –  at all grades – to be sent to more International club tournaments – taking part in various Irish domestic tournaments and Championships alone will NOT result in the desired result and as we have said here before, there must be equal finance and equal opportunities for ALL females as for males, no more, no less.

Lots of lessons for the new IABA President Dominic O’Rourke and HPU Director Bernard Dunne to be learnt from Guwahati and both must ‘lean heavily’ not only on Sport Ireland but also find National or International sponsors if
Ireland teams are to prosper especially against nations who are virtual professionals and fully funded by their Governments.

AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships Guwahati, India

November 19th

Last 32

51kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Molchanova (Russia) 0-5

November 20th

Last 32

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Nasu Misaki (Japan) 5-0

Last 16

69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) beat Olivia Hussey (England) 3-2

75kg Lauren Kelly (Ireland) lost to Ya Chun-Yang (Chinese Taipei) 0-5

November 21st

Last 16

48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Sumaiya Kosimova (Tajikistan) 5-0

54kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Marie Bachmaier (Germany) 1-4

57kg Labhaoise Clarke (Ireland) lost to Namuun Monkhor (Mongolia) RETI3

60kg Marguerita Nevin (Ireland) lost to Klaudia Budasz (Poland) 2-3

November 22nd


48kg Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) beat Karina Tuvakova (Russia) 3-2

64kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) beat Aidyl Cardenas (USA) 4-1

69kg Shannon Reilly (Ireland) lost to Citalli Ortiz (USA) 0-5

November 24th


64kg Katelynn Phelan (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia) 0-5

November 25:

48kg: Caitlin Fryers (Ireland) lost to Zhazira Urakbayeva of (Kazakhstan) 1-4

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