Amy Broadhurst guaranteed herself a second successive medal at the European U/22 Championships in Vladikavkaz,Russia today.
The Dundalk lightweight, a gold medallist at the 2018 European U/22s, beat Hungary’s Kinga Mezovari in today’s 60kg quarter-final and will be taking home at least bronze.
Broadhurst had her hand raised in victory on a unanimous decision after a delay in the announcement following what appeared to a computer glitch which required the ref to collect the scores from the five judges on paper.
Mezovarai started brightly enough, but her enthusiasm was severely curbed inside the opening minute after she took a count from a short range combination from the Irish Elite light welter champion.
From that point on, Broadhurst’s backhand dominated the contest, with the occasional right hook thrown into the bargain.
“Amy was outstanding, in total control of the contest. What a back hand,” said Irish team manager Stephen Molloy.
Niamh Earley bowed out on a 4-1 split decision in the 51kg quarter-final versus Giovanna Marchese.
The Italian flyweight responded well to Earley’s attacks to take the first round on all cards and won an equally tight second frame 3-2.
Earley, with her opponent switching stances, landed three solid combinations in the third but the Italian puncher continued to counter going down the final stretch.
Aoife O’Rourke lost on a unanimous decision to Russian Anastasiya Shamonova, the current Olympic Youth and World and European Youth champion.
The final scores read 29-28 x 3 and 30-27 x 2 to the Russian, with O’Rourke enjoying a good start and finish to a very close middleweight contest.
Shamonova found the target with most of the solid shots, but a body to head combination from the Irish female captain impressed in the final frame.
O’Rourke followed that up with a sweeping right hook but Shamonova got the nod with at least bronze up for grabs.
European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Vladikavkaz, Russia
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Giovanna Marchese (Italy) 1-4
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Kinga Mezovari (Hungary) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Anastasiya Shamonova (Russia) 0-5
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) lost to Vakhid Abbasov (Russia) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Florin Simion (Romania) 5-0
57kg Mary Geraghty (Ireland) lost to Victoria Glover (Scotland) 0-5
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) lost to Beslan Khamzaev (Russia) 1-4
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Ireland) lost to Mike McDonagh (Wales) 0-5
60kg David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Oleg Chulkyacheyev (Ukraine) 5-0
69kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Sam Wagensvela (Netherlands) 4-1
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Andrei Vreme (Moldova) 5-0
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat En Gizem (Turkey) 5-0
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Ireland) lost to Chelsey Heijnen (Netherlands) RSC2
52kg Adam Hession (Ireland) v Rotyslav Bilototskyi (Ukraine)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland v Aleksei Semykin (Russia)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Fatia Benmessahel (France)
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
57kg Mary Geraghty (St Anthonys)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Bronze, at least)
64kg Shauna O’Callaghan (Clann Naofa)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) Cpt
52kg Adam Hession (Monivea)
60kg Davey Oliver Joyce (Ballymun)
64kg Pierce O’Leary (Dublin Docklands)
69kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic) Cpt
Team Manager: Stephen Molloy
Head Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Anita Just, Philip Keogh
R&J: Stephen Kelly