More success for Amy Broadhurst

Dundalk’s finest ever female boxer added another trophy to her cabinet last Friday evening when she beat Ciara McGinty to claim the 64kg Women’s Open Elite Boxing title at the National Stadium.
The final was hotly anticipated between two of the finest young talents in the country but in the end Broadhurst’s speed and strength proved too much for the former World Junior champion as the Dealgan boxer picked up a unanimous decision.
With this victory Amy, the current U-22 European lightweight champion has more or less sealed her place in the Irish team which will travel to India in November to take part in the World Championships. She is also one step closer to her dream of taking part in the next Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. According to Amy’s coach and father Tony Broadhurst Sr this victory was one of the finest of Amy’s career.
“I have to say I was very pleased with Amy on Friday night against Ciara. She was up against one of the most talented boxers in the country who actually won an elite title last year and who has been a world junior champion so we knew this was going to be a tough test.
“However, right from the start Amy came out and just looked much stronger and faster than Ciara. These two have fought a number of times over the last few years but I just felt going into this that Amy had developed more over the last year or so and I was quietly confident that we could get the job done,” explained Tony.
“The win is huge for Amy as it puts her in a very good position now with regards the Irish team going to India for the World Championships this year. We won’t get too far ahead of ourselves but I have to say I would be shocked if Amy doesn’t get the call up after this win,” stated Tony.
Amy is now both the Irish and English 64kg champion and there has been rumours that Amy could be poached by the Great British team for the next Olympics. She is eligible to qualify through her Dad Tony but he has allayed fears of her leaving the Irish set up after some productive talks with Bernard Dunne the recently appointed ‘High Performance Director’ for Irish boxing.
“It’s obviously tough for Amy because she’s training full time and she has no backing or funding but I spoke to Bernard Dunne recently and I was very happy with what I heard from him. He basically told me he is a big fan of Amy and that the Irish Athletic Boxing Association want her to stay over here and compete for Ireland and they would be doing everything they could to make that happen so if he’s true to his word there will be no issue with leaving the Irish set up, revealed Tony.

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