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Irish eyes are smiling as Amy Broadhurst takes another European title.
by Michael O'Neill
August 23, 2015
Photo: AIBA

(AUG 23)  Dealgan’s Amy Broadhurst was crowned featherweight champion of Europe as the 2015 EUBC Women’s Youth and Junior championships came to a close at the SportHall in Keszthely, Hungary on Saturday.

Club team-mate Orla Garvey and Shauna O’Callaghan of Clann Naofa had to settle for silver against Russian opponents in the Junior feather and light classes.

Broadhurst beat Italy’s Francesca Matusciello on a majority decision to secure 57kg gold. She told us later:

"Absolutely delighted! 3 time European Champion and 4 European finals at 18. Just something that's hard for me to believe- I went through so much over the last 8 weeks and I can finally say that it was all worth it. European Champion for the 3rd time. Ahhh mad😅now it's time to enjoy the celebrations! Thanks a million for the support everyone, amazing!"

The new European champion was controversially denied European gold last year after being adjudged to have lost the 57kg final in Assisi, but the Dundalk southpaw bounced back with a majority decision against Matusciello after four rounds.

Broadhurst won three fights ‘en route’ to the top of the 57kg podium in Keszthely. Garvey and O’Callaghan will be returning home with silver medals following fine campaigns.

The Youth boxer of the tournament award went to Italy’s Irma Testa, the new 60kg titleholder.

Team Ireland: 1 Gold, 2 Silver,6 Bronze
Garvey was beaten by Russian feather Liudmilla Voransova on a unanimous decision and O’Callaghan was edged out on a split decision by Voransova’s compatriot, Ekaterina Dinnik “All the girls were magnificent today and they can be very proud of their performances, as can the entire squad here this week,” said Irish team manager Maura Campbell.

“There was nothing in it. It could have gone either way and Shauna was top class. Orla was beaten by the Russian that won the Junior ‘best boxer’ award and gave it everything.

Amy topped the lot for us after winning the gold medal, a fantastic performance from her, said Liam Brereton, who was working Ireland’s corner in Keszthely with Jim O’Neill, Anita Just, and John McCormack.

“Team manager Maura Campbell and ourselves couldn’t be happier with the squad. They won nine medals and finished in fourth spot in the Junior table and sixth in the Youth team rankings.

“With a bit of luck we could have a few more medals, and a few more into the finals. The girls are looking forward to going home now and seeing their families. Once again they have represented their country with pride in international competition.”

Overall, the Irish team secured one gold, two silver and six bronze medals in Hungary, a 50% return from an 18-strong squad, some of whom can consider themselves very unlucky not to finish amongst the medals.

Irish male and female boxing has now claimed 16 medals – five gold, three silver and eight bronze – in European Games, Elite and Youth and Junior competition since June.

Broadhurst joins Katie Taylor, Joe Ward, Michael Conlan and Michael O’Reilly on the winner’s podium after an intense summer of European competition.

The Quick Park Irish squad are due to arrive home from Hungary via Dublin Airport at 7.15pm tomorrow, Sunday August 23rd – Ryanair FR1024 23AUG Budapest Dublin 1705-1915

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