All three Irish boxers advanced to the next round at the World Championships in Istanbul today.
Flyweight flyweight Caitlin Fryers made it to the last 16 with a superb performance to overcome South Africa’s Thandolwethu Mathiba. The fryer will be in action again on Sunday.
Featherweight Niam Fay looked even more impressive as she took full control of Modestin Monga Zaria of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The referee stopped the game in the second round due to the opponent’s inability to cope with Fei’s shooting speed and range.
In the evening match, welterweight Kaci Rock (66kg) started her journey with a 4-1 victory over Austeja Auciute from Lithuania.
Meanwhile, there have been extraordinary developments beyond the ring in the race for the two candidates for the presidency of the International Boxing Association, the sport’s governing body.
The outgoing President, Russian native Umar Kremlev, who resisted calls from him to step aside following the invasion of Ukraine, was still favourite to beat Dutch man Boris van der Vorst, who recently narrowly failed to be elected President of the European Boxing Confederation.
But in a blockbuster decision, VanderWorst joined four other candidates for an IBA board position. Banned from taking part in tomorrow’s election.
Boxing USA CEO Mike McAtee, New Zealand Boxing President Steve Hartley, Swedish Boxing President Per-Axel Sjoholm and Danish Boxing President Lars Brovil were declared ineligible candidates for the board.
All five have made urgent appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
According to the IBA, a complaint was lodged last month with a body called the Provisional Nominating Unit, saying “the activities of these candidates are inappropriate under IBA rules as they constitute participation in another international boxing organization, Prohibition of cooperation and campaigning among candidates. Election period”.
The statement added that the alleged activities of their “candidates” were based on the creation of an organisation called the Coalition for Common Causes in which the listed candidates participated and exchanged open letters with the IBA.
The group is critical of the current president and board’s decision not to terminate the IBA’s sponsorship deal with Russia’s state-owned oil company Gazprom.
Three prominent legal figures sit on the independent nominations section alongside FIFA’s head of regulatory enforcement and Olympic and world boxing champion Robert Camarelle.
In response, five candidates revealed that they decided to declare them ineligible 24 hours after the IBA Disciplinary Committee found all five candidates not guilty.
“The candidate acknowledges but disagrees with the provisional nomination department’s ruling that the IBA Disciplinary Committee has issued a conflicting acquittal. The candidate has been in communication with their legal team, which has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
Earlier, the IABA declined to reveal which candidate they supported before announcing that one of the candidates had been disqualified.
The Irish delegation to the conference included President Dominic O’Rourke and Chief Executive Fergal Carruth.
In response to a question about which candidate the IABA delegation will vote for, a statement said. “It is not policy to declare voting intent before voting. IABA votes will go to the candidate best able to serve the best interests of Irish boxing.”