Broadhurst & O'Rourke Will Box For Gold In Historic World Championships For Ireland

Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke become the fourth Irish woman to reach a World Boxing Championship final after progressing at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships Istanbul 2022.

Broadhurst & O'Rourke Will Box For Gold In Historic World Championships For Ireland Broadhurst & O'Rourke Will Box For Gold In Historic World Championships For Ireland
HerSport Editor

Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke are through to the final of their respective weight classes at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships Istanbul 2022.

Broadhurst and O’Rourke are just the fourth ever Irish boxers to reach a Women’s World Championship final, following in the footsteps of Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington.

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Broadhurst who fights at Light-Welterweight (60-63kg) and O’Rourke who fights at Light-Middleweight booked their place in the final after victory over India’s Parveen Hooda and Turkey’s Sema Caliskan, respectively.

Competing in her fifth World Championships, Dundalk’s Broadhurst was the first of the fighters to enter the ring as she faced 19-year-old Indian Hooda. It was a was a hard-fought win for Broadhurst who had to showcase her vast skillset to overcome her challenger and take the fight on a majority 4-1 decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29). The 25-year old will now face Algeria's Imane Khelif in tomorrow’s final.

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For Castlerea’s Lisa O’Rourke it has been a coming of age Championships for the Roscommon star. Less than two months after being crowned European U-22 champion, she is now boxing for gold at her debut Senior World Championships – and in some style too. It was a unanimous victory for O’Rourke who defeated Caliskan 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.

For O’Rourke, attention now turns to the final where she will face Helena Alcinda from Mozambique. Alcidina created history of her own as she became the first Mozambican boxer to medal at the World Championships. It will be a serious test for O’Rourke, coming up against Alcinda’s experience, the Mozambican fighter finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the Welterweight division.

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