Hold­away loses split de­ci­sion at Games

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KRISTINA O’’Hara, of North­ern Ire­land, earned a 3-2 split ver­dict over Merthyr Tyd­fil light-fly Lynsey Hold­away in the Com­mon­wealth Games on Sun­day to book her ticket into the semi-fi­nals, where she was to face New Zealand’s Tas­myn Benny to­day (Wed­nes­day).

A south­paw, based at the Merthyr Ex Club, Lynsey is com­pet­i­tive at 48 and 51kg. She won the Boxam Gold Medal in Spain and has earned mul­ti­ple Welsh ti­tles.

She fea­tured in a nail-bit­ing bat­tle with O’Hara be­fore los­ing but gave an im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

O’Hara worked out her game plan after a tough spar at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport two weeks ago in which she said the Merthyr woman “roughed me up big time”.

The Aus­tralian judge gave the West Belfast fighter all three rounds but the US judge felt that Hold­away won all the rounds.

The other judge gave O’Hara a 29-28 win to set up the 22-year-old a semi fi­nal clash.

“It was a very, very tough fight,” con­firmed O’Hara later.

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