Amy Broadhurst made it a clean sweep for Ireland at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship, as she became the fourth Irish boxer to advance to the last 16 at the Worlds in Ulan-Ude, Russia.
The Dundalk lightweight, who was a quarterfinalist in the 64kg division last year, won on unanimous decision victory over German opponent Maya Kleinhans in her opening bout.
In what was a tight contest, Broadhurst’s tactical nous and ability to land cleaner shots on the inside saw her take the decision with final scores of 30-27,29-28,29-28,29-28,29-28 to Broadhurst.
The Irish European U22 Champion, who is looking to claim the lightweight title which Kellie Harrington won last year, will meet Poland’s former World Youth champion Aneta Rygielska on Wednesday for a place in the quarter-finals.
🥊 RESULT 🥊— IABA (@IABABOXING) October 6, 2019
A perfect end to the weekend for Team Ireland as @amybroadhurst12 secures a unanimous win vs 🇩🇪 and books her place in the next round!
She will return to the ring in Last 16 action on Wednesday
WELL DONE AMY! 🇮🇪🥊#TeamIreland #RoadToTokyo #20×20 #CantSeeCantBe pic.twitter.com/DHZjpzHeXe
Victory for Broadhurst makes her the fourth Irish boxer through to the last 16 following victories for Michaela Walsh (featherweight), Ceire Smith (flyweight), and Christina Desmond (welterweight).
Michaela Walsh has booked her place in the last-16 of the featherweight division, after a convincing victory against Mali’s Carmara Fatoumata.
Walsh defeated Mali’s Carmara Fatoumata via unanimous decision, 30-25,30-25,30-25,30-25,30-25. The severity of the scorecard emphasised the one-sided nature of the fight. Fataomata, was given a standing count in the third round after Walsh landed a stiff right to daze the fighter.
Walsh now meets Russia’s Liudmila Vorontsova on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals. Vorontsova. Ceire Smith also fights on Tuesday after her win against Taylah Robertson while Desmond faces Myriam De Silva Rondeau on Wednesday.
"Representing your country is amazing and one of the best things you can do"@michaelaw57 returns to competitive action today in Ulan-Ude in her first major since @Minsk2019BY!— IABA (@IABABOXING) October 5, 2019
Here's some of her thoughts ahead of today's bout vs 🇲🇱! #TeamIreland #20×20 #RoadToTokyo pic.twitter.com/P0nAcPnnlw