Christina Desmond joined fellow southpaw Amy Broadhurst in the quarter finals of the European Women’s Elite Championships with an impressive win in Madrid today.
The Cork welterweight convincingly beat Leonie Van Leeuwen of the Netherlands on a unanimous decision.
After an impressive one sided display the Macroom fighter was awarded a 30-24,30-24,30-24,30-25,30-26 unanimous points win.
Desmond dominated throughout and landed clean and heavy on a brave opponent throughout. Indeed a fine combination in the final stanza forced the referee to give her Dutch opponent a standing eight count.
A middleweight bronze medal winner at the 2016 Europeans and a former World Youth finalist, Desmond will now meet Russian No. 2 seed Darima Sandakova in the last eight tomorrow with at least bronze up for grabs.
Siberia-born Sandakova, a bronze medallist at the European Games in Minsk earlier this summer, beat Hungary’s Vivien Budai this afternoon.
The Russian fighter, switching stances occasionally, scored a unanimous decision Budai but it was by no means all one way traffic.
Desmond is the only Irish boxer in action today.
The Rebel puncher will be back between the ropes on Wednesday with Amy Broadhurst in a double-header against Russia.
Aoife O’Rourke, who is guaranteed at least bronze in Madrid, is through to Friday’s semi-finals versus Russia.
Irish team manager JP Kinsella was impressed with Desmond’s performance.
“I thought Christina boxed incredibly well in all threee rounds and she’ll take a lot of confidence from the win and the manner of the win going into the quarter-finals,” he said.
European Women’s Elite Championships Madrid, Spain August 22/31
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Leonie Anna Van Leeuwen (Netherlands) 5-0
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Anastasia Belokova (Russia)
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Darima Sandakova (Russia)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Anastasia Shamonova (Russia)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) lost to Naz Buse Cakiroglu (Turkey) 0-5
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Dominika Ciklova (Czech Republic) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Tetiana Petrovich (Ukraine) 5-0
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Krisztina Beri (Hungary) RSC2
51kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan/Virginia)
60kg: Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
69kg: Christina Desmond (Fr Horgan’s)
75kg: Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Bronze, at least)
Team manager: JP Kinsella
Coaches: Zaur Antia and Damain Kennedy
Physio; David Cooke