Amy makes her mark in Madrid

Dundalk boxing sensation Amy Broadhurst was forced to settle for bronze at last weekend’s European Women’s Elite Championships in Madrid, Spain. Amy defeated highly rated Russian Anastasia Beliakova to guarantee herself at least a bronze medal but fell short against experienced Finn Mika Potkonen at the semi-final stage.
Potkonen is well known to Irish boxing fans as the fighter who defeated then reigning Olympic champion Katie Taylor at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Amy dropped a weight class to compete in the 60kg lightweight division after world champion Kellie Harrington was sidelined with a thumb injury. The Muirhevnamor southpaw grabbed her opportunity with both hands as she guaranteed herself bronze by beating the highly touted Beliakova.
Amy’s contest with Potkonen in the semi-finals was a hard-fought affair but ultimately the judges gave the Finn the nod with a unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-26,30-27,30-25, 29-28, 30-26. Potkonen would go on to claim the gold medal in the final against French boxer Maiva Homadouche.
Speaking after the bout the Dealgan FC boxer thanked everybody for their support and promised that she will be come back stronger after her defeat to the Finn.
“It’s always a bitter pill to swallow when you lose but I am so proud of myself for coming out here and picking up a bronze medal after putting in top performances against two Rio Olympic and world medalists. I can walk away with my head held high. The scoring of my semi-final fight had me baffled but I will regroup, recharge and prepare for what is to come.
Amy went on to thank her sponsors and coaches while stating that it was a pleasure to share the ring with the 39-year old Potkonen.
“It was a pleasure to share the ring with Mika Potkonen. I will come again. I’m a baby in this sport and I have eighteen years to catch up on Mika!,” noted the 22-year-old.

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