Saturday 21 September 2019

Desmond confident Elite medal is 'there for the taking'

Boxer Christina Desmond. Photo: John Delea
Boxer Christina Desmond. Photo: John Delea

Bernard O'Neill

Cork welterweight Christina Desmond reckons that if she raises her game by 10 per cent against Russian No 2 seed Darima Sandakova in Madrid today, she can become a two-time European Elite medallis

The Macroom southpaw meets the Siberian orthodox over three rounds this afternoon with at least bronze up for grabs after posting a landslide win over Leonie van Leeuwen of the Netherlands yesterday.

"I'll have to up my performance tomorrow. Look, I'm going to go in with all guns blazing and if I put on another 10 per cent to what I did today I should be fine, said Desmond.

"I'll box long and tall and keep it confident. It's there for the taking."

Desmond, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Europeans at middleweight, forced Van Leeuwen into a standing count off a combination in the third round on Tuesday.

The Dutch fighter was also staggered backwards from a right in the second frame but the ref ruled that Desmond, a garda by trade, was slapping with the inside of her glove.

The final scores read 30-24, 30-24, 30-24, 30-25, 30-26 to Desmond with the durable Van Leeuwen soaking up backhands in all three stanzas against the ex-World Youth finalist.

Meanwhile, Dundalk southpaw and current European U-22 Amy Broadhurst champion also faces a Russian opponent for at least bronze today. She is in against 2014 World Elite champion Anastasia Belokova in the lightweight class.

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