The tributes are pouring in for Amy Broadhurst after she became the first Irish female boxer to claim a European U/22 title in Targu Jiu, Romania today.
The Dealgan BC southpaw beat Italy’s Francesca Martuschiello on a unanimous decision in the lightweight final.
Broadhurst found the target with sharp combinations in all three rounds against the tricky Italian orthodox who was beaten by the Irish woman in the 2015 European Youth final.
The 21-year-old St Patrick’s Day-born lefty ended the fight on the front foot, lashing home solid shots almost on the bell to seal the historic victory.
Today’s decision saw Broadhurst bridge the six-year gap since Jason Quigley won our sole gold at this level in Russia in 2012.
IABA President Dominic O’Rourke and Irish team managers Anna Moore and Paddy Osbourne hailed the performance of the new champion who has also won European Junior gold.
Dmitry Dmitruk, Eoin Pluck, Thomas Murray, Valerie Hamilton worked Ireland’s corner in Romania.
Broadhurst’s dad and club coach,Tony Broadhurst, said they were over the moon to have secured gold.
“She’s an amazing young woman both inside and outside the boxing ring and couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Broadhurst senior,
Roscommon middleweight Aoife O’Rourke had to withdraw from today’s 75kg final because of an illness. O’Rourke won silver in Targu Jiu after recording an impressive semi-final win.
The Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 9.15am tomorrow morning. Meantime, the 2018 European U/22 haul matches the previous collection as Quigley and Hughie Myers won gold and silver in 2012.
Ireland finished in 10th spot in the medals table in Romania.
Irish amateur boxing is proudly sponsored by Liffey Crane.
European U/22 Men’s and Women’s Championships Targu Jiu, Romania March 24/April 2
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Aikaterini Koutsogeorgo (Greece) 0-5
57kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Nedkova Ivanova (Bulgaria) 1-4
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Maksim Stakheev (Russia) 1-4
91kg Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) lost to Felix Kuhne (Germany) 0-5
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Hambardum Hakobya (Armenia) 4-1
56kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) lost to Eusebi Jitaru (Romania) 0-5
48kg Shannon Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Mari-Emi Todorova (Bulgaria) 0-5
60kg Amy Boadhurst (Ireland) beat Esra Yildiz (Turkey) 5-0
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Giorge Kharabadze (Georgia) 1-4
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ieland) beat Belinda Limuka (France) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) beat Carlotta Paoletti (Italy) 5-0
60kg Amy Boadhurst (Ireland) beat Francesca Martuschiello (Italy) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Busenaz Surmeneli (Turkey) W/O
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea) (Silver)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Gold)
57kg Shauna Blaney (Navan)
51kg Niamh Earley (Ryston)
48kg Shannon Sweeney (St Annes)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
91kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)
IABA President: Dominic O’Rourke
Team manager: Anna Moore & Paddy Osborne
Head coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Coaches: Eoin Pluck, Thomas Murray, Valerie Hamilton
R&J: Philip Rooney