Aoife O'Rourke to battle for gold at European Women's Championships
Roscommon boxer Aoife O'Rourke will fight for a gold medal at the European women's championships in Madrid on Saturday night having secured a sensational win in her semi-final bout.
In a stunning upset the Castlerea boxer secured a decisive 4-1 victory over World and Olympic youth champion Anastasia Samonova from Russia to guarantee her a silver medal at worst.
The Irish champion had lost to the Russian at the European U-22 championships earlier this year where Samonova went on to win the gold medal. O'Rourke will now meet Elziebta Wojcik from Poland in the final.
O'Rourke consistently tagged the Russian with overhand rights in the first two rounds and then used her jab to keep Samonova at bay in the third round. Four of the five judges had no hesitation in awarding her the fight.
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed that the qualifying tournament for European boxers for next year's Games in Tokyo will take place in London between March 13-23 in the Copper Box arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Earlier, Amy Broadhurst will have to be content with a bronze medal at the European women’s boxing championships in Madrid after suffering a unanimous 5-0 loss to veteran Finnish fighter Mira Potkonen in the lightweight semi-final.
The Finn has quite a record against Irish opponents having previously beaten Katie Taylor at the 2016 Olympics, Kellie Harrington at the European Union championships in 2017 and Dundalk southpaw Broadhurst.