Monday 21 October 2019

Ireland fail to bag medal for first time in 14 years

Desmond and Broadhurst won two fights apiece en route to the last eight and Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh won one bout each (stock photo)
Desmond and Broadhurst won two fights apiece en route to the last eight and Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh won one bout each (stock photo)

Bernard O'Neill

Irish boxing lost at the quarter-final stages of the World Women's Elites for the first time since Katie Taylor's 2005 defeat to North Korea's Kang Hui in Russia.

In Siberia yesterday, Cork welter Christina Desmond and Dundalk lightweight Amy Broadhurst dropped unanimous decisions to Turkey's Busenas Surmeneli and Finland's Mira Potkonen with at least bronze medals up for grabs.

Potkonen, who beat Taylor at Rio 2016, was full value for her victory, but Desmond received a bizarre standing count near the end of the first round against Surmeneli.

"I don't know what it was (standing count). She was just fast, I got beaten by the better girl on the day. I'm very happy with the top-eight finish," said the current Irish Elite champion.

"She fought very well today to be fair. She was on form. I don't think I let down the side anyway."

The next stop for Desmond and Irish boxing will be November's National Elites in Dublin while the European Olympic qualifiers in London next March have been put on the backburner for now.

"That's a long way away yet (European qualifiers). The National Championships are my next date and getting back my Irish title, added Desmond.

Desmond and Broadhurst won two fights apiece en route to the last eight and Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh won one bout each.

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