The Tullamore boxer could become the second Irish woman to win a World Championship medal
Grainne Walsh has booked her place in the Women's World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan, after a tough battle against Polish fighter Hanna Soleckah.
The Tullamore welterweight recovered after a shaky start in the opening round to ultimately claim the victory via unanimous decision. Her advance to the quarter-finals compliments the performances of Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington, who both prevailed in their bouts.
Victory against Kazakhstan’s Valentina Khalzova on Tuesday would secure a bronze medal and ensure that she will become the second Irish woman after Katie Taylor, to win a world championship medal.
The Bray fighter is just two wins away from Rio and will re-enter the ring tomorrow, where she will face Dayana Sanchez of Argentina.
She cruised to victory yesterday against Sweden's Agnes Alexiusson on a scorecard of 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.
I've just witnessed one hell of a performance from Irish boxer Grainne Walsh in the last 16 at World Championships. Excellent, well done!— Eric Donovan (@eric_donovan60) May 22, 2016
Irish welter Grainne Walsh lobbed plenty of leather and comes through a tough battle with Poland's Hanna Solecka to win a unanimous decision— Boxing News JohnD (@BoxingNewsJD) May 22, 2016
The thing about money when you have it is it just seems to disappear— Gráinne (@GrainneWalsh_) May 21, 2016