Broadhurst and Desmond fight for quarter final slots today

Amy Broadhurst and Christina Desmond will both box for a place in the World Women’s Elite Championships today.

Broadhurst will be in action in the early shift at the World Women’s Elites in Ulan-Ude, Siberia tomorrow.

The Dundalk lightweight meets Poland’s Aneta Rygielska at approximately 6.45 am (Irish time) on Wednesday morning, the victor will move within one win of a coveted medal.

Cork’s Desmond is in against Canada’s Myriam Da Silva in the last 16 in the 2nd session shortly after 12pm (Irish time)

The Quebec welterweight is the No. 5 seed in the 69kg class in Siberia.

Ceire Smith and Michaela Walsh bowed out of the tournament at the last 16 stages to North Korea’s current World Elite flyweight champion Mi Choi Pang and featherweight Liudmila Vorontsova, who is one of three Ulan-Ude boxers on the Russian squad, on split decisions today.

“Close enough fights, I suppose we just came out on the wrong side of them. Two split decisions,” said Bernard Dunne, the IABA High-Performance Director, from Russia.

“Ceire was in with the world number one in a very close bout. Michaela is in the with the home boxer, again being a split, another very close bout. It’s very hard to pick between them. All we can do is ask our guys to perform and give themselves an opportunity of winning and in fairness that’s what they did.

“Two guys (Amy and Christina) are in great shape, great form. They cannot wait for tomorrow.”

World Women’s Elite Championships Ulan-Ude, Siberia, Russia

October 9

Last 16

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland)
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Myriam Da Silva (Canada)

Results

October 8

Last 16

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Mi Choi Pang (North Korea) 2-3
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Liudmila Vorontsova (Russia) 1-4

October 6

Last 32

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Maya Kleinhans (Germany) 5-0

October 5

Last 32

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Carmara Fatoumata (Mali) 5-0

October 4

Last 32

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Sandy Ryan (England) 4-1

October 3

Last 32

51kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Taylah Robertson (Australia) 5-0

Irish squad

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown, Antrim)

60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)

69kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)

High-Performance Director: Bernard Dunne

Head coach: Zaur Antia

Coaches: Dimitry Dimitruk and Damian Kennedy

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]