Tuesday 17 September 2019

Irish medal hopes rest with former foes Harrington and Broadhurst

 

Kellie Harrington. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Kellie Harrington. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

The two women who battled each other for the Irish lightweight title last February will be hoping to secure at least bronze at the World Women's Elite Championships in New Delhi today.

Dundalk southpaw Amy 'Canelo' Broadhurst meets local hope Simranjit Kaur in the light-welter quarter-finals, while Dubliner Kellie Harrington faces Canada's Caroline Veyre in the last eight of the lightweight division.

Paris-born Veyre will be determined to overturn her loss to Harrington in the 2017 Celtic Box Cup final in Dungarvan.

Broadhurst, who has moved up a weight since losing to Harrington, impressed en route to a unanimous decision over Ani Hovsepyan yesterday.

The durable Armenian soaked up a lot of punches in rounds one and two and while she posed a threat going down the final stretch, Broadhurst had more than enough in the bank to secure victory.

India has a lot of noisy support at the Indira Gandhi Stadium and that will go up a notch today with medals up for grabs, but Broadhurst is used to butterflies.

Belfast featherweight Michaela Walsh dropped a 4-1 split decision to Italy's defending world champion Alessia Mesiano, while Welsh middleweight Lauren Price beat Roscommon's Aoife O'Rourke, and Ceire Smith lost on a 3-2 split decision to Japan's Namiki Tukimi following a majority draw.

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