Boxing | Kellie Harrington wins World Championships gold

David Smith

Kellie Harrington has won gold at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

The Dubliner beat Sudaporn Seesondee 3-2 in the lightweight final to become the third Irish boxer – after Katie Taylor and Michael Conlan – to win amateur gold at world level.

Harrington has also become the only Irish boxer to win medals in two different weights at this level, having claimed silver at the World Championships in the light welterweight division two years ago.

The 28-year-old had won three of her four fights on the way to the final by unanimous decision, securing a split decision in the other.

Seesondee, who had won bronze at the 2014 World Championships, had won three fights by split decision and just one by unanimous decision.

Harrington narrowly came out on top in a cagey first round against her Thai opponent, landing some clever combinations towards the end of the round.

Both fighters landed some good shots in the second round, with the Dublin fighter catching Seesondee with one big right hand.

Southpaw Seesondee cranked up the pressure on in the final round, showcasing her strong left hand, but Harrington finished the round well.

Three of the five judges scored the bout 28-27 in Harrington’s favour, and the Dublin fighter collapsed in her corner in delight when the verdict was announced.

“I’m still kind of numb right now to be honest,” she said afterwards.

“It won’t really hit home until I get home. It’s been a long process since 2016. I wanted to come back and get a gold. I said I’d come back and get it.

“Sometimes when people say they don’t believe it. I said it and I believed it. I worked in silence, came back and did the job.”

Irish team manager Bernard Dunne also paid tribute to Harrington after the victory, and said the lightweight carried out her game plan to perfection.

“We had a plan for the fight which she carried out to perfection. She has been absolutely fantastic during the whole tournament. Her preparation was really good and this has been Kellie’s focus for a long time and she got the result she deserves.”