Caitlin Fryers narrowly lost out in her bid to reach the 48kg
final at the World Youth Championships in Guwahati, India today.
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
Fryers, skillfully avoiding Urakbayeva’s rangy jab, delivered the
majority of the cleaner and more solid shots to take the first
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
“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.”
Today’s defeat brings Ireland’s competitive interest in the
tournament to a close. 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
The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 11.20am
on Tuesday morning (Terminal 1).