Thursday 26 April 2018

Boxing: Here come the girls

Eamonn Sweeney

Remember when Katie Taylor won gold in London and we speculated on how long it would take before Irish women's boxing began to benefit from the inevitable ripple effect? A few months would seem to be the answer.

On Friday afternoon in the Polish town of Wladyslawowo, 16-year-old Amy Broadhurst of Dealgan Boxing Club became the first Irish woman apart from the Bray great to win a major gold medal when she took the featherweight title at the European Junior (under 17) Championships.

Making the achievement all the more impressive was the fact that Broadhurst defeated a Russian fighter in the final, a feat which is always something of a gold standard in international competition. The Dundalk girl trailed going into the last round but rallied to defeat Svetlana Khilchenko 16-15. Sound familiar? More familiar still is the fact that one of our new heroine's three trainers at Dealgan is her father Tony.

Earlier in the competition, the golden girl had raised eyebrows with a 17-7 victory over world number three Elizabeth Wohlgemuth but she faced a truly gargantuan task against Khilchenko, last year's world silver medallist.

It was no bother to the six-time Irish champion whose brothers Paul and Stephen have both won European bronze at Schoolboy and Youth level.

And she wasn't the only Irish good news story of the week as Ennis welterweight Sally Carrig and Connemara middleweight Niamh Folan took bronze at the championships.

Watch out for the Broadhursts. Watch out for the Irish women.

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