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Disappointment in Delhi as Walsh, Smith and O'Rourke knocked out of World Championships

There was good news for Amy Broadhurst, however, as she joined Kellie Harrington in the quarter-finals.

Namiki, blue, beat Ireland's O'Rourke on countback.
Namiki, blue, beat Ireland's O'Rourke on countback.

Updated Nov 19th 2018, 3:14 PM

THREE IRISH BOXERS suffered losses at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on Monday today.

Cavan flyweight Ceire Smith was agonisingly beaten on countback after her last-16 bout against Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki finished in a majority draw.

Namiki was deducted a point in the final round for punching behind the head and when it went to the cards, two judges scored the fight 29-27 in Smith’s favour.

But the three others ruled it a 28-28 draw and then ultimately split the tie in Namiki’s favour.

There was disappointment as well for Aoife O’Rourke whose tournament came to an end with defeat against Lauren Price of Wales.

Price, a former European bronze medallist, was the unanimous 5:0 winner on the judges’ cards to progress to the middlweight quarter-finals.

In the afternoon, Belfast featherweight Michaela Walsh went out Alessia Mesiano of Italy by split decision but Amy Broadhurst had better luck in the lightweight division.

The Dundalk native picked up a unanimous decision victory over Ani Hovsepyan of Armenia to book her place in the quarter-finals along with Kellie Harrington, who won her bout yesterday

- Additional reporting from Ben Blake 

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