Two more Irish fighters will look to guarantee bronze today at the EU Championships in Italy.
A stellar day yesterday in Cascia saw Kelly Harrington, Michaela Walsh, and Gráinne Walsh all bag bronze.
Now Kristina O’Hara and Christina Desmond will look to follow them into the semi finals.
First up at 4:15pm will be Kristina O’Hara. The Belfast light flyweight takes on Italian Roberta Bonatti, a World Junior bronze medalist.
At 5:00pm it will be the turn of Christina Desmond, with the Cork middleweight fighting in her opening bout of the tournament. The Fr Horgan’s fighter boxes in a big quarter final bout with Holland’s Nouchka Fontijn who claimed silver at the Rio Olympics. Desmond sensationally defeated the Dutch boxer at the European Olympic qualification tournament last year to announce her arrival on the Elite Senior scene.
Watch the Irish boxers in action at the EU Championships below:
European Union Women’s Championships Cascia, Italy August 4th/13th
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Ebonie Jones (England) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Kinga Szalachcic (Poland) 4-1
48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) beat Saru Lehtonen (Finland) 5-0
51kg Carly McNaul (Ireland) lost to Wassila Lkhadiri (France) 2-3
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Julia Coroli (Moldova) 5-0
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) beat Ditteajaaja Frostholm (Denmark) 5-0
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Lauren Price (Wales) 3-2
48kg Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) v Roberta Bonatte (Italy)
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Nouchka Fontijn (Netherlands)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) v Ornella Wahner (Germany)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Helena Envall (Sweden)
60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Irma Testa (Italy)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Sandy Shaw (England)
(Bout dates are subject to change)
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco)
51kg Carly McNaul (Ormeau Road)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown Antrim) (Bronze, at least)
57kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys) (Bronze, at least)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus) (Bronze, at least)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)
Team Manager/High Performance Director: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc and Jimmy Payne
Physio: Maureen Harte
R&J: Jim Murrin