Christina Desmond will be in action at approximately 4pm (Irish time) at the European Women’s Elites in Madrid tomorrow.
The Cork southpaw, a bronze medal winner at the 2016 European Elites, meets Dutch welter Anna Van Leeuwen in the last 16.
Ireland experienced mixed fortunes today after Aoife O’Rourke and Amy Broadhurst posted impressive unanimous decisions but Ceire Smith was unlucky to bow out to the Turkish No. 1 seed in the flyweight class.
O’Rourke’s win guaranteed Ireland at least bronze and maintains Ireland’s sequence of having medalled at every European Women’s Elite Championships since Katie Taylor won gold in 2005.
European Women’s Elite Championships Madrid, Spain August 22/31
69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Anna Van Leeuwen (Netherlands)
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Anastasia Belokova (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