Sensational Amy Broadhurst secures silver at European U22 Championships


Just over 24 hours on from guaranteeing bronze, Amy Broadhurst upgraded to an assured silver medal at the European U22 Championships in Romania this evening.

The Dealgan lightweight gave a hugely impressive performance in Targu Jiu, outclassing French fighter Belinda Limuka.

Having defeated top Turk Esra Yilmiz in a close fight yesterday afternoon, the Louth fighter was on top form today.

21-year-old Broadhurst was able to sit in the pocket in and dominate the exchanges with the former European Junior gold medalist, being unable to miss with her overhand left, and taking a clear unanimous decision win.

Broadhurst will now fight for her third European gold medal following triumphs at Youth and Junior level – along with a European Youth silver and an EU Youth gold.

Ireland’s most decorated underage boxer ever will face Italian Francesca Martusciello in the decider this Sunday.

Broadhurst beat the same foe in the final of the 2015 European Youths on a 2-0-1 decision over. In addition to this silver, Martusciello won a bronze at the same tournament a year previously.

Earlier today, Galway’s Gabriel Dossen bowed out at the middleweight quarter-final stage on a tight split-decision, while Roscommon middleweight Aoife O’Rourke is in action later today looking to join Broadhurst in the finals.

Watch Aoife O’Rourke from 5:30pm live HERE.

March 25th
Last 16
51kg Niamh Earley (Ireland) lost to Aikaterini Koutsogeorgo (Greece) 0-5
57kg Shauna Blaney (Ireland) lost to Nedkova Ivanova (Bulgaria) 1-4

March 26th
Last 16
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Maksim Stakheev (Russia) 1-4

Last 32
91kg Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) lost to Felix Kuhne (Germany) 0-5

March 27th
Last 16
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Hambardum Hakobya (Armenia) 4-1
56kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) lost to Eusebi Jitaru (Romania) 0-5

March 28th
Q/Finals
48kg Shannon Sweeney (Ireland) lost to Mari-Emi Todorova (Bulgaria) 0-5
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Esra Yildiz (Turkey) 5-0

March 29th
Q/Finals
75kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) lost to Giorge Kharabadze (Georgia) split

S/Finals
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Belinda Limuka (France) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) v Carlotta Paoletti (Italy)

Sunday April 1st
60kg Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) v Francesca Martusciello (Italy)

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: [email protected]