Broad­hurst eyes gold and Euro­pean glory

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - COMMENT -

DUNDALK light­weight Amy Broad­hurst meets Francesca Mar­tu­sciello in to­day’s Euro­pean un­der 22 fi­nal in Targu Jiu, Ro­ma­nia with a gold medal firmly in her sights.

The Deal­gan BC south­paw is ea­ger to match Ja­son Quigley as the only Ir­ish boxer to win gold at this level and has her eye on a unique hat-trick of Euro­pean ti­tles against the op­po­nent she beat in the 2015 Euro­pean Youth fi­nal.

The ex-Euro­pean Ju­nior and Youth cham­pion and Roscom­mon mid­dleweight Aoife O’Ke­effe, who faces Turkey’s Buse­naz Surmeneli, will, if they win this af­ter­noon, cap Ire­land’s best per­for­mance at this level.

In 2012, Quigley and Hughie My­ers claimed gold and sil­ver at the Euro­pean un­der 22 cham­pi­onships in Rus­sia.

Broad­hurst and O’Rourke are the only Ir­ish box­ers left stand­ing in Ro­ma­nia as the last of the four-strong male team, Gabriel Dossen, went out at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage on Thurs­day.

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