Ceire Smith sensationally beat current AIBA World No. 1 flyweight Marlen Esparza of the USA at the Feliks Stamm multi-nations in Poland today.
The Cavan BC ace beat the current AIBA World Elite champion, a bronze medallist at the London 2012 Olympics, on a split decision (39-37,39-37,37-39) in Warsaw.
“Ceire employed the tactics we gave her throughout and it was a fantastic performance and win against a world class opponent,” said Irish head coach Billy Walsh.
Esparza beat Smith in the 2014 Feliks Stamm tournament.
“We’re very proud of Ciara and she’s a great kid. That’s a tremendous victory today,” said Brian McKeown, Smith’s coach at the Cavan BC.
Meanwhile, Wayne Kelly will be in action tomorrow in Warsaw. Michael O’Reilly, the current European Games middleweight champion, received a bye into the last-four.
Feliks Stamm Multi Nations Warsaw, Poland
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Marlen Esparza (USA) 2-1
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Helena Envali (Sweden) or Kholodkova Snizhana (Ukraine)
64kg Wayne Kelly (Ireland) v Gynee Gavin (Wales)
75kg Michael O’Reilly (Ireland) v Tomasz Jabolinski (Poland)