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European delight for destructive Desmond- Cork fighter reaches quarter finals

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

August 27

Last 16

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Leonie Anna Van Leeuwen (Netherlands) 5-0

August 28


60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Anastasia Belokova (Russia)

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Darima Sandakova (Russia)

August 30


75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Anastasia Shamonova (Russia)


August 26

Last 16

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

August 25

Last 32

51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) beat Krisztina Beri (Hungary) RSC2

Irish squad

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




Jonny Stapleton contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 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: