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.

Click here for Wednesday’s schedule and here for today’s results.


European Women’s Elite Championships Madrid, Spain August 22/31

August 27

Last 16

69kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) v Anna Van Leeuwen (Netherlands)

August 28


60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Anastasia Belokova (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