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‘I really wanted this fight’ – Kellie Harrington’s opponent ready for fitting Olympic decider

Beatriz Ferreira has got the Olympic final she wanted.

The Brazilian provides the opposition for Kellie Harrington in tomorrow morning’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic lightweight gold medal fight.

Despite both being top-end decorated amateurs the Dubliner and the Brazilian known as ‘The Beast’ has never met in the squared circle.

That changes tomorrow as the two biggest names in the weight fight for the biggest prize in amateur boxing.

The 29-year-old South American seems to suggest it’s an ideal decider, not that she finds it an easy route to gold but rather it’s a best versus best final.

“I really wanted this fight,” the fighter who celebrates wins with a dance said.

“We participated in some championships, but unfortunately we didn’t get to fight. She is world champion, has all my respect and I’m really looking forward to this show. I hope to come out with the victory and send this medal to my father”,

The 2019 and thus reigning World Amateur Champion has won all her three fights Tokyo bouts via unanimous decision and has achieved her initial goal as of a podium place in the process.

However, the lightweight talent isn’t content to settle for silver and revealed she has gold aspirations.

“Being on the podium is the ultimate goal, but we separate by goals. It’s step by step. I’ve been nurturing this, studying the opponents and today I’m happy here, but it’s not over yet. I have that in mind,”

Many Irish fans celebrated when Irish bogeywoman Mira Potkonen was beaten by the Brazilian in the last four, but in truth, Ferreira is just as big if not a bigger threat.

Although Harrington is #1 seed, Ferreira is the number-ranked lightweight in the world, she comes to the ring as reigning world champion and out of her last 30 tournaments, she has medaled in 29.

It’s a collision of two world champions and a creme de la creme decider.

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: