Amy Broadhurst controversially misses out on medal at World Championships

Amy Broadhurst has crashed out of the World Championships in New Delhi this afternoon in controversial circumstances.

The Dundalk light welterweight was beaten by Indian home favourite Simranjit Baath Kaur in their quarter-final, missing out on a bronze medal in the process.

A point deduction in the final round will hit the headlines but Broadhurst would have lost regardless, despite, seemingly getting the better of two of the rounds.

Broadhurst was well on top in the opener, landing southpaw left hands – one of which was so clean it was even acknowledged by the laughably biased Indian commentators.

Simranjit, a World Youth bronze medallist, dug deep in the second and upped the workrate as the feet of both boxers began to set. More quality shots were landed by the Louth light welter but she was starting to slow slightly as the Indian came on strong.

There was untold drama in the third – a round which Broadhurst began well on the back foot. Simranjit took a trip to the canvas which was ruled a slip before Broadhurst was issued a third, extremely harsh, warning and docked a point for hitting wih the inside of the glove.

The first two warnings came afer Broadhurst landed check hooks but the third beggared belief, with the Dealgan puncher being pulled up after a perfect straight left hand.

Responding to the deduction with vigour, Broadhurst slugged it out to the bell but it would transpire that the official’s intervention did not sway the final result.

Going to the cards, a split-decision was called and Simranjit was declared a 3-1 winner. The final tallies read 29-27 in favour of Broadhurst, who was left in tears, against a toxic 30-26 and a pair of 29-27s for Simranjit alongside a 28-28 drawn card.

Had the Irishwoman, who even the Indian commentators believed had won, not been docked a point, the tallies would have been a 3-2 split in favour of the Indian.

The Indian will now box in the semi-finals on Friday versus either China’s Dan Dou or Tajik Shoira Zulkaynarova.

Earlier today Kelly Harrington defeated Canadian Caroline Veyre to guarantee bronze and set up a semi-final on Thursday with Kazakh youngster Karina Ibragimova.

November 16th
Last 32
60kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) beat Troy Garton (New Zealand) 5-0

November 17th
Last 32
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Gabriela Dimitrova Bulgaria) 3-2
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 4-1
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Ekaterina Dynnik (Russia) 4-1
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Ya Chu Yang (Taipei) 5-0

November 18th
Last 16
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Sarita Devi (India) 3-2
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) lost to Noella Perez (Argentina) 2-3

November 19th
Last 16
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Namiki Tukimi (Japan) 2-3
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Alessia Mesiano (Italy) 1-4
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Ani Hovsepyan (Armenia) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Lauren Price (Wales) 0-5

November 20th
60kg Kelly Harrington (Ireland) beat Caroline Veyre (Canada) 5-0
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Simranjit Baath Kaur (India)

November 22th
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Karina Ibragimova (Kazakhstan)

Irish squad
51kg Ceire Smith (Virginia)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
60kg Kelly Harrington (St Mary’s) (Bronze, at least)
64kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
69kh Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)

Team manager: Bernard DunnE
Coaches: Zaur Antia & Dmitry Dimitruk
Physio: Muireann Harte


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Joe O'Neill

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