Excitement is in the air as Irish boxers prepare for the quarter-finals of Olympic qualifying at the European Games.
Wednesday’s matches promise intense battles and showcasing the talents of Ireland’s fighters as they strive to secure their place in the prestigious Olympics. Let’s take a closer look at the exciting matches that await us on Wednesday.
Tokyo Olympic champion Harrington earned a split decision victory over Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson, with four of five judges awarding her.
Speaking after securing at least a bronze medal and the all-important Olympic qualification, Harrington said; “I’m on cloud nine right now. I know my face doesn’t say I’m overjoyed. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions; coming back after my hand has been up is just amazing Going home now and celebrating with my little circle, with my family, with Mandy, I just can’t wait.
On the rest of the tournament in Poland, she said; “It’s not over, I’m just going for the next fight round by round and wherever that takes me. The main thing is that I take advantage of it again and that I have reserved my place on the plane to Paris. That was the goal coming here. »
Shortly after Amy Broadhurst; a regular at 63 kg (non-Olympic event) was beaten by Briton Rosie Joy Eccles in the 66 kg category. The British fighter had dropped 69kg and secured victory and the Parisian qualifying spot by a 3-2 split decision.
The tight match saw Broadhurst win the first round by a small margin, before Eccles edged out the decisive second and third.
Jennifer Lehane was the first Irish boxer in action today, the DCU BC fighter from Ashbourne, Co. Meath, appearing at her first European Games, eventually lost 5-0 to Bulgarian Stanimira Petrova.
After which Lehane had this to say; “She was a tough opponent, I know she has a lot of experience, she’s been around the block a few times. It was valuable experience for me here; I had three good fights, and I I’ll build on that for the next qualifier, it’s not the end of the journey for me; and I’m living and learning and going again.
Like Broadhurst, Lehane will now have to wait until World Qualifiers 2024 for another shot at Olympic qualification.
Quarter-finals 63.5 kg men:
Dean Clancy is representing Ireland in the men’s 63.5kg quarter-finals, where he will face Italy’s Gianluigi Malanga. Clancy’s speed and agility will be key assets in this crucial Olympic qualification. With the Olympics at hand, Clancy will look to defeat his Italian opponent and cement his position among elite boxers.
Quarter-finals 80 kg men:
Ireland’s Kelyn Cassidy steps into the ring to face Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak in the men’s 80kg quarter-finals. Cassidy’s power and determination will be tested against the fearsome Ukrainian boxer. The stakes are high, as victory in this match would secure Cassidy a spot in the next round of Olympic qualifying.
Quarter-finals 92 kg Men:
Jack Marley represents Ireland in a tough quarter-final against Marko Calic of Croatia. Marley’s strength and technique will be put to the test as he aims to outsmart his Croatian opponent. The outcome of this match will determine Marley’s chances of progressing to Olympic qualification.
Women’s 50 kg quarter-finals:
Ireland’s Daina Moorehouse is set to face France’s Wassila Lkhadiri in the women’s 50kg quarter-finals. Both fighters will show their skills and determination in this Olympic qualifier. Moorehouse’s agility and precision will be crucial as she aims to emerge victorious and secure her place in the next round.
Women’s 57 kg quarter-finals:
Michaela Walsh, a talented boxer from Ireland, will face Melissa Juvonen Mortensen from Denmark in a thrilling quarter-final. Walsh’s speed and precision will be on display as she battles for her Olympic qualification. The match promises to be an intense battle between two highly skilled athletes.
Quarter-finals 75 kg women:
Aoife O’Rourke of Ireland takes on Love Nelli Holgersson of Sweden in the women’s 75kg quarter-finals. O’Rourke’s strength and determination will be tested in this crucial game. A victory in this fight would bring O’Rourke closer
12:00 (13:00) Women’s 54kg, Quarter-Finals OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION, Jennifer Lehane (IRL) V Stanimira Petrova (BUL)
12:15 (13:15) Women’s 60kg, Quarter Finals OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION, Kellie Harrington (IRL) V Agnes Alexiusson (SWE)
12:45 (13:45) Women’s 66kg, Quarter Finals OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION, Amy Broadhurst (IRL) V Rosie Joy Eccles (GBR)
13:45 (14:45) Men’s 63.5kg, quarter-finals OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION, Dean Clancy (IRL) V Gianluigi Malanga (ITA)
14:30 (15:30) Men’s 80kg, Quarter-Finals OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION, Kelyn Cassidy (IRL) V Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR)
14:45 (15:45) Men’s 92kg, Quarter-Finals, Jack Marley (IRL) V Marko Calic (CRO)
17:50 (18:50) Women’s 50kg, Quarter-Finals OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION, Daina Moorehouse (IRL) V Wassila Lkhadiri (FRA)
17:45 (18:45) Women’s 57kg, Quarter-Finals OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION, Michaela Walsh (IRL) V Melissa Juvonen Mortensen (DEN)
18:30 (19:30) Women’s 75kg, Quarter-Finals, Aoife O’Rourke (IRL) V Love Nelli Holgersson (SWE)
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