Heart of Portsmouth ace secures World Championship medal

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Ivy-Jane Smith is celebrating a world bronze medal.

The Heart of Portsmouth ace is guaranteed a medal return at the AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships, after victory in India today.

Smith defeated Kazakhstan’s champion, Laura Yessenkeldi, with a unanimous verdict to progress to the semi-finals of the competition at 54kg.

It represents a huge success for the 18-year-old, who is flying the flag for England at the highest level.

Smith has already racked up a unanimous victory over Thailand’s Phonnapa Laban in her opening contest.

Now the switch-hitter’s aiming to go all the way against the best emerging female talent on the planet.