Broadhurst replaces Harrington for Elite Spain comp
The Irish Athletic Boxing Association have named a four-strong squad for the European Elite Women’s Championships in Spain.
Boxing begins on 24 August 24 in Madrid.
Dundalk southpaw Amy Broadhurst, the current European Under-22 champion, has been named in place of World Elite lightweight champion Kellie Harrington who is nursing a hand injury.
Cork’s Christina Desmond, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Europeans, Cavan’s Ceire Smith and Castlerea’s Aoife O’Rourke line out at welter, fly and middle in the first major boxing tournament in Madrid since ex WBO champion Andy Lee won silver for Ireland in the 2004 EU Championships in the city.
“I have to say, it’s the best, physically, mentally, I’ve been for any tournament in a long time, said Smith ahead of her third Europeans.
“I’ve been there before and I’m itching to get back and perform to my best.”
Irish head coach Zaur Antia and Damain Kennedy will be working Ireland’s corner at the 12th edition of the Championships.
Thirty-two nations including Ireland have entered in the build-up to the World Women’s Elites in eastern Siberia in October.
Irish boxing lies in eighth position in the all-time European medals table at this level with ten podium finishes.
Current unified pro champion Katie Taylor claimed six European titles before switching codes and Harrington, Desmond, Clare Grace and Michaela Walsh have won one bronze each.