Friday 18 January 2019

Latest Bray starlet strikes gold for Ireland


Daina Moorehouse
Daina Moorehouse

Bernard O'Neill

A new Irish female boxing star is emerging from the home town of Olympic and current WBA World champion Katie Taylor.

Bray native Daina Moorehouse added a second Continental title to her collection by claiming the light-flyweight crown at the European Youth Championships in Italy yesterday.

The 2017 European junior champion beat Russia's Kseniia Beschastnova on a 4-1 decision to finish on top of the 48kg podium, having won three fights in four days.

Beschastnova's longer reach was an issue throughout but Moorehouse kept walking down the Siberian champion to deliver solid two and three-punch combinations in all three rounds.

"I can't believe it - my second European title. Words almost fail me," said the Enniskerry BC southpaw who will be targeting World Youth Championships gold in August.

"She had a strong backhand. I was told to keep making her miss, I had to keep slapping down her jab and coming in with my own backhand. It's a very proud moment for me."

Dean Clancy, Evelyn Igharo and Dearbhla Rooney had to settle for silver after losing on unanimous decisions to English pair Ivan Price and Emma Richardson, and Slovakia's Jessica Triebelova in the fly, feather and light-welter finals respectively.

Team Ireland, who are due to arrive in Dublin Airport at 1.35pm today, also claimed two bronze medals courtesy of captain Lauren Kelly and Jude Gallagher.

"Daina is heading in the right direction and she's a tremendous asset to our small country," said Irish chief second Billy McClean who was working Ireland's corner in Italy with Olympic champion Michael Carruth, Mike Mongan and Anita Just.

"Dearbhla, Evelyn and Dean gave it absolutely everything today and all three can be proud of their performances against top class opposition."

Irish Independent

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