Monday 16 September 2019

Broadhurst 'capable of beating anyone' now

Amy Broadhurst. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Amy Broadhurst. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Dundalk lightweight Amy Broadhurst has vowed to be ready for tomorrow's European Elite lightweight semi-final with Katie Taylor's Rio conqueror Mira Potkonen in Madrid.

The Lough southpaw sensationally beat Russia's 2014 World Elite champion and Rio 2016 bronze medallist Anastasia Belikova on a unanimous decision yesterday to book her spot in a semi-final with the Finnish fighter who beat Taylor at the 2016 Olympics.

Broadhurst, the current European U-22 champion, was full value for the 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 verdict after repeatedly catching her heralded opponent with solid shots in all three rounds.

Potkonen, the No 1 seed, convincingly beat Belarus's Alla Yaroshevich yesterday to move within two wins of retaining the 60kg belt, but Broadhurst reckons she's not invincible.

"They are all beatable, as I said the other day. So, if I go in and listen to (coaches) Zaur (Antia) and Damian (Kennedy) then I'm more than capable of doing it," said Broadhurst, who is guaranteed at least bronze along with Roscommon middleweight Aoife O'Rourke.

"I think today would have been the day when I kind of went, 'OK, this one's an Olympic medallist, maybe the judging might be a bit off', but I'm after beating her on a unanimous decision.

"I think it was judged very fairly.So, if I win (against Potkonen) I think I will get it (the decision). As long as I get in and do my best I am more than capable of beating anyone in the world.

"The pressure is off me now, I have a medal and I'm after beating a world champion. This will be a fun time for me getting in and boxing. I said coming over that I would love to box Potkonen and I'm more than ready for it."

Meanwhile, Cork welter Christina Desmond bowed out to Russian No 2 seed Darima Sandakova yesterday. The Siberian won the quarter-final on a 4-1 split decision after three close rounds.

O'Rourke faces Russia Olympic Youth champion Anastasia Shamonova tomorrow and Broadhurst meets Potkonen. The finals will be decided on Saturday.

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