Christina Desmond, pictured, was presented with her bronze medal at the European Elite Women’s Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria today.

The Cork southpaw was adjudged to have lost to Maily Nicar in yesterday’s 75kg semi-final, the French middleweight receiving a split decision.

Nicar was beaten in today’s final by England’s Natasha Gale.

Russia won four gold and four bronze to top the medals table at the final AIBA ranking event of 2016.

Desmond, courtesy of her bronze medal win, will pick up 300 Elite AIBA  ranking points.

Team Ireland are scheduled to arrive home from Sofia via Dublin Airport at 4.50pm tomorrow afternoon (November 24th).

Please click here here here and here for stats from the 10th European Elite Women’s Championships.



European Women’s Elite Championships Sofia, Bulgaria

(Last 16 bouts unless stated)

November 15th

54kg Dervla Duffy (Ireland) lost to Lacramiora Perijoc (Romania) 0-3

November 16th

48kg Lauren Hogan (Ireland) lost to Ekaterina Pinigiana (Russia) 0-3

69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) beat Marija Petovic (Serbia) TKO3

November 17th

60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland) beat Aneta Rygielska (Poland) 3-0

November 18th

57kg Moira McElligott (Ireland) beat Sara Beram (Croatia) 3-0

64kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) lost to Aleksandra Ordina (Russia) 1-2

November 19th


60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Ireland) lost to Daria Abramova (Russia) 0-3

November 20th


57kg Moira McElligott (Ireland) v Natalya Samokhina (Russia) 0-3
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) lost to Saadat Abdulaeva (Russia) 0-2
75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) beat Oksana Trofimova (Russia) 3-0

November 22nd


75kg Christina Desmond (Ireland) lost to Maily Nicar (France) 1-2

Irish Squad

48kg Lauren Hogan (St.Brigids Edenderry)
54kg Dervla Duffy (Mulhuddart)
57kg Moira McElliggot (St Michael’s Athy)
60kg Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel)
64kg Kellie Harrington (Glasnevin)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)
75kg Christina Desmond (Fr Horgans) (Bronze)

Team manager: Noreen Glendening
Physio: Caoimhe Gilmore
Coaches: Zaur Antia, Eddie Bolger, Dmitri Dimitruc
R&J: Sadie Duffy