Ireland tops medal table at European Women's Boxing Championships

Ireland tops medal table at European Women's Boxing Championships

IRELAND has topped the medal table and been named as Best Team at the EUBC European Women's Boxing Championships in Montenegro.

Ireland were already assured of seven medals going into the final day of the championships on Saturday, but victory for Kellie Harrington, Amy Broadhurst and Aoife O'Rourke ensured three of those were gold.

Dubliner Harrington won every round as she secured a 5-0 win over Czechia's Lenka Bernardova, her lightweight gold complementing that won at Tokyo 2020.

Kellie Harrington in action against Czechia’s Lenka Bernardova in their lightweight 60kg final (Image: Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Broadhurst continued her remarkable year, adding another gold to those already won at this year's World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

The Dundalk woman was named Boxer of the Tournament after her emphatic light welterweight victory over Ukraine's Mariia Bova.

O'Rourke sealed Ireland's third gold of the final day, the Roscommon middleweight securing a 5-0 success against Poland's Elzbieta Wojcik, despite a tight opening round.

Amy Broadhurst is presented with the Boxer of the Tournament trophy (Image: Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Also on the final day, Belfast flyweight Caitlin Fryers took silver in her first European final after defeat to Turkey's Buse Naz Cakiroglu.

Cork's Tina Desmond also secured silver following her light middleweight defeat to Ani Hovsepyan of Armenia.

Featherweight Michaela Walsh of Belfast and Mayo mini-flyweight Shannon Sweeney took home bronze medals after defeat in Friday's semi-finals.

Irish gold medallists (from left) Amy Broadhurst, Kellie Harrington and Aoife O'Rourke with coach Zaur Antia (Image: Ben McShane/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Their respective opponents — Italy's Irma Testa and Bulgaria's Sevda Asenova — both went on to claim gold on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Belfast boxer Padraig McCrory became IBO light-heavyweight world champion with victory over Germany's Leon Bunn.

The 34-year-old put his opponent down for the third time in the sixth round in Frankfurt to seal a TKO victory and extend his record to 15-0.