Harrington faces Canada’s Caroline Veyre on Tuesday with a World Championship medal on the line.
KELLIE HARRINGTON STUNNED the home crowd at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi with a split-decision win against Indian veteran Sarita Devi.
Harrington booked her place in the lightweight quarter-finals and moved to within one more win of a medal with a 3:2 verdict on the judges’ cards.
With little to choose between the fighters, the decisive moment came early in the third round when Harrington forced Devi — the world lightweight champion in 2006 — to take a standing eight count.
All five judges at ringside scored the fight 29-28 with three of them crucially coming down in the Dubliner’s favour.
She will now face Caroline Veyre of Canada in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
But there was disappointment for Gráinne Walsh who came out on the wrong side of a split decision in her welterweight last-16 meeting with Noella Perez of Argentina.
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