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
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Aneta Rygielska (Poland)
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Myriam Da Silva (Canada)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Mi Choi Pang (North Korea) 2-3
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Liudmila Vorontsova (Russia) 1-4
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Maya Kleinhans (Germany) 5-0
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Carmara Fatoumata (Mali) 5-0
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Sandy Ryan (England) 4-1
51kg: Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Taylah Robertson (Australia) 5-0
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