It was a disappointing Monday at the Women’s World Championships in Istanbul for Michaela Walsh and Carly McNaul, who bowed out at the quarter-final stage and consequently missed out on a medal.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Walsh dropped a unanimous decision to Kazakhstan’s Karina Ibragimova at 57kg in a scrappy contest.
It was a rather cagey opener with Ibragimova lunging forward and Walsh looking to counter, but was having difficulty getting inside and land against the taller and longer southpaw.
It was a little messy and both ended on the floor in the second as they wrestled just as it seemed the fight was coming to life, although Ibragimova was having slightly more success.
Walsh appeared to find her rhythm in the third, timing Ibragimova much better but was unable to turn the tide as the Kazakh took the verdict.
Earlier, McNaul came up short in her flyweight quarter-final against Brazil’s Carolina De Almeida on a unanimous decision.
De Almeida’s blurring hand speed out of the southpaw stance caused problems for the Ormeau Road BC woman from the off.
McNaul pressed and was having her own success with well-placed shots, but not enough as the Brazilian swept the opening round.
The Belfast woman pressed forward as De Almeida continued to take a half step back and throw. McNaul was getting closer, but also being picked off and De Almeida got on her bike in the final round to see it out.
There was better news for Dundalk’s Amy Broadhurst, who will take at least bronze at 63kgs thanks to her win over Serbia’s Jelena Janicijevic.
Broadhurst, who represents Northern Ireland at this summer’s Commonwealth Games and now boxes out of St Bronagh’s ABC in Rostrevor, was in excellent form to prevail and she will have company in the semi-finals as Lisa O’Rourke advanced at 70kg.