Broadhurst calls for box off with Kelly Harrington ahead of Olympic qualifiers
Dundalk boxer Amy Broadhurst has called for a box off with Kelly Harrington ahead of the 2020 Olympic qualifiers.
The 22-year-old Muirhevnamor woman was effectively crowned lightweight National Elite Champion when the draw was released earlier this week and it was confirmed World Championships gold medallist Harrington won’t participate.
Harrington and Broadhurst were the only entrants in the 60kg class and it was expected that the winner was likely to represent Ireland at the European qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics in London next March.
While pleased to have a second elite title in the last year, Broadhurst said it was not the way she wanted to win it and wants a “box off” with Harrington to keep her hopes of representing Ireland in next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo alive.
While Harrington has had a thumb injury of late, her absence means she will most likely retain Olympic qualifier pole position moving into the New Year.
Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com, Broadhurst said: “I genuinely thought the winner of our fight would have been the one selected for the Olympic Qualifiers which was only fair. If she had have beaten me fair, like last time, then by all means she deserves to go, but nobody will ever see the true outcome of it all now.
“It would have been an amazing fight for women’s boxing and it would have been the most anticipated female fight ever in Ireland and that was something I was looking forward to being a part of.
“I thought everybody would enter, but I especially thought Kelly would enter and box. Then as the time came closer with word spreading around, I knew that she wasn’t going to box. I’m confident in my own ability and on my best day I can beat anyone.
“I have gained valuable experience [since we last fought] 18 months ago. I proved that when I beat an Olympic bronze medalist two months ago. I was ready coming into these Elites, I was focusing on me and nobody else just focusing on giving my best performance.”
Despite the calls for a box off, Broadhurst doesn’t expect it to happen.
“I do think there should be a box off, but there won’t be. There will be assessments behind closed doors and that’s why so many didn’t enter and box. It’s a shame that the National Championships don’t determine who will go or not the way it used to be. I remember being a junior and a youth knowing if I won the National Championships I would be on the plane. It’s not like that anymore.” View this post on Instagram
Elite 60kg champion of Ireland, My 18th national title and my 2nd elite title in one year. It’s not the way I wanted to win it but I can’t control what happens. With words said at the beginning of the year I thought it might have been backed up but I guess not 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️ Thank you to everyone who has supported me this year, I have the 60kg title now and I plan on holding onto it for good. I am now going to enjoy what I have achieved all year – U22 European Gold Medal, European Elite Bronze Medal & making the top 8 in the world at 22 years of age as well as enjoying my Christmas ⛄🎄🎅
A post shared by Amy Broadhurst (@baby_canelo) on Nov 13, 2019 at 10:32am PST