As a coaching father, Tony Broadhurst has played a major role in shaping the amateur standout that is Amy Broadhurst.
However, the Commonwealth, European and World Championship gold medal winner says it’s more than her father’s guidance and grounding in the sport that is pushing her drive to Paris 2024.
The Louth fighter cruised into the 66kg quarter-finals of the European Championships in Poland on Monday thanks a dominant win over Beatrise Rozentale.
After making easy work of the Lativian the Dundalk native is now just one win away from achieving her Olympic dream, and amazingly doing so two divisions above her natural weight.
Speaking in the Nowy Targ Arena on Monday she claimed she is able to be competitive six kg heavier than her optimum weight because of her father’s genes.
The Irish Boxing Awards Amateur Fighter of the Year says the strength she inherited from her Dad is standing her in good stead up the scales.
“I don’t know where I get the strength from. I’d say I get it from my dad. My dad is a block of a man, so I’m blaming it on him that I’ve inherited his strength,” she says after being asked about her powerful display.
“I’m lucky in that sense because if I didn’t have the power that I do have, I think I’d struggle a little bit more at this weight.”
Reflecting on the fight, Broadhurst admitted to being surprised at her opponent’s approach and the manner in which she secured the win.
“I was probably more dominant than I was expecting, to be honest. I thought she was going to come out and just run at me because I sparred her in May and she’s a tough girl; there’s no quitting in her. It was a good performance and I’m happy with how I performed over the three rounds and I done what the coaches told me to do and, and that’s all they ask for.
The fighter, who now faces Rossie Eccles of Team GB for a medal continued; “Once you get in and you try your best and you do what you’re told, then the rest will take care of itself. You put your trust into these coaches because they’re world-class and these are the results you get. You get wins and you get dominant wins as well.”