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Artingstall gets off to a strong start, while Christina Desmond beats Sandy Ryan, writes John Dennen
HEAVY HANDED: Artingstall lands a power punch on Ramirez
Photos: AIBA

ONE of Britain’s most experienced competitors, Sandy Ryan met defeat in her first contest at the women’s World championships in Ulan-Ude in Russia. Ryan, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and formerly a World silver medallist, suffered a split decision defeat when she took on Ireland’s Christina Desmond on Friday (October 4) in the preliminary round at 69kgs.

Desmond moved in quickly to catch Ryan out with her southpaw left. The Briton responded, finding the Irishwoman with a right cross-left hook combination. Desmond fended Sandy off with her right jab and she launched wide hooks that still managed to catch Ryan’s headguard.

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