A brilliant performance from Amy Broadhurst saw her join an elite club on Monday afternoon when she won her quarter final bout at the IBA Boxing World Championships in Istanbul. The Muirhevnamor southpaw beat Serbia’s Jelena Janicijevic to guarantee herself at least a bronze medal in the light welterweight division (63kg). Amy has now become the third Irish woman to medal at the world championships joining Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington on that prestigious list. Later on Monday evening, Roscommon teenager Lisa O’Rourke would add her name to that esteemed list when she also won her quarter-final tie in the 70kg division.
Amy impressed all five judges with her display against her Serbian opponent winning unanimously on all cards as she swept into the semi-finals. She will try and upgrade that bronze to at least silver today when she takes on Parveen from India for a place in the final. Amy’s victory on Monday was the realisation of a childhood dream and after her bout she expressed her joy having finally won a medal on the world stage having come so close on three previous occasions.
“A childhood dream has come true! At least a world bronze medal. I’ve tried and tried and failed at the hurdle every single time at world championships for a medal and today my dream finally came true! Ranked At least no.3 in the world! Boxing India on Wednesday in the semi-final, I’ve the confidence and belief that I CAN do this. Let’s go!”, stated Amy.
As well as the prestige and joy the medal will bring to Amy there is also the small matter of financial gain to with this year’s championships seeing prize money being offered to medal winners for the first time. Amy has already guaranteed herself €21,500 having secured at least a bronze medal but if she can win today in her semi-final bout she will double her earnings and take home €43,000. Should she do the unthinkable and win gold Amy will return to Dundalk with a cheque for €86,230.
Amy was able to enjoy her proudest moment in the sport with her mother Sheila and dad Tony who are in Istanbul supporting their daughter and on Monday evening her Dad Tony, explained what Amy’s victory meant to the family.
“For us watching Amy win that fight was the culmination of a lifetime dream for our daughter. She has wanted to medal at a world championships since she was a kid and although dreams hardly ever come true this one most definitely has,” stated Tony.
“She has been very dominant all the way through the competition so far and has given each of her opponents standing counts. Before her quarter-final she was quoting the Rocky movie to us saying ‘Whatever I hit, I destroy’ laughs Tony.
“Then when she went out for her fight against the Serbian girl the whole crowd were chanting Serbia so she really did feel like she was in a Rocky movie,” he added.The semi-final on Wednesday will be tough. I’ve seen plenty of the Indian girl and she is very good if you let her do what suits her. She has already eliminated two world class boxers en route to the semi’s but I know Amy has the fight that can beat her. Amy has been very impressive winning every round thus far and giving all of her opponents standing counts but it still has to be produced on the day. We are down to four champions now in Amy’s division having started with 28 and we are hoping that Amy can go on and be the last woman standing on Thursday evening,” concluded Tony.