Christina Desmond and Amy Broadhurst reach quarter-finals of World Women's Elite championship
Cork welterweight Christina Desmond is through to the quarter-finals at the women’s World Elite championships in Ulan-Ude, Siberia.
She secured a unanimous 5-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28) win over fifth seed Myrian Da Silva from Canada in a last sixteen contest.
In her bronze medal fight tomorrow Desmond takes on Turkish welterweight Busenaz Surmeneli who like the Cork fighter is on a roll at the championships having beaten the number seed Assunta Canfora from Italy in an earlier round.
Even though the scoring was decisive Desmond had to work hard for her win in a bruising contest. Da Silva started aggressively though Desmond responded well and caught the Canadian with some quality shots.
Round 2 was scrappy with Da Silva attempting to do damage close-in but the Irish fighter was equal to the challenge and the final stanza contained more of the same with Desmond’s ability to land more scoring punches securing the win.
Earlier, Amy Broadhurst will fight for a bronze medal in Siberia tomorrow after outclassing Polish lightweight Anete Rygielska in their last 16 contest.
The Dundalk southpaw secured a unanimous 5-0 win (30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to reach the last eight.
The Irish fighter controlled the first two rounds scoring with solid left hooks and rocking the Pole with a stinging right in the second round. Rygielska shaded the final round but Broadhurst had done enough to secure the win.
She faces a big test in the quarter-final. As expected veteran Finnish fighter Mira Potkonen will be her opponent.
The Finn who beat Katie Taylor at the Rio Olympics to secure a bronze medal has looked impressive throughout the tournament.
She forced Ecuador's Marie Palacios to take a standing count in her last sixteen bout.
Potkonen, the number one seed, is the current European champion. She defeated Broadburst in the semi-final of that tournament in Madrid in August.