Ireland light-welterweight Kellie Harrington is through to the final of the World Championships after a comprehensive semi-final victory over Canada’s Sara Cali in Kazakhstan.
The Glasnevin fighter is now guaranteed at least a silver medal ahead of tomorrow’s final against China’s Wenlu Yang, the number 3 seed who had a comfortable win over Australia’s Skye Nicolson.
In contrast to her quarter-final, Harrington, whose 64kg division is not currently an Olympic category, started off at a slower pace but was more measured than her Montreal opponent and all judges scored her a 10:9 winner of a cagey opening round.
Harrington’s tactics worked well and she landed multiple punches at the start of the second round to visually unsettle Cali.
It was more of the same from the stylish Dublin orthodox in the third round as she dominated, controlling the pace of the bout and scoring at ease.
Knowing only a stoppage would end her journey, the 26-year-old picked her shots and stayed out of trouble to claim what was a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after her fight, Harrington paid tribute to her coaches: "I just listened to what the coaches were telling me to do and what they told me to do worked.
"I have these two guys making sure I don’t go overboard"
"I have these two guys making sure I don’t go overboard, keeping me fine-tuned.
"[Cali is] a tough girl, she’s up there, a top class boxer so I’m just delighted to get the win.
"The support from the Irish team, throughout the competition, it’s absolutely ace, brilliant.
Coach Zaur Anita added: "She’s an excellent athlete, she has everything, all the skills of boxing: close, long, southpaw, orthodox.
"She performed very well, we are very happy for her, we continue."
Lightweight champion Katie Taylor is in action in the afternoon session. The defending world champion faces Estelle Mossely of France in her semi-final, live on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player from 2.30pm.