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Broadhurst denied medal at Women’s World Boxing Championships following controversial defeat

Broadhurst denied medal at Women’s World Boxing Championships following controversial defeat

Dundalk boxer Amy Broadhurst was denied a bronze medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi in India this afternoon in controversial circumstances.

The Muirhevnamor woman lost her quarter-final bout against Indian Simranjit Kaur on a 3-1 split decision which has been deemed harsh by boxing commentators.

The Star’s boxing correspondent Kevin Byrne tweeted: “Utter gank. Amy Broadhurst robbed there by India with a World Championships medal on the line. Fine knockdown ruled a slip, then v hardly docked a point. Sickening. For what it’s worth, damn all now, I scored it 29-28 to Broadhurst. Won rounds 1&3.”

The Sunday World’s Sean McGoldrick said: “No joy for Amy Broadhurst in quarter final bout at World boxing championships. Dropped a majority 3-1 decision to Indian light welter. The scoring was bizarre and the Irish girl was controversially docked a point in crucial third round for ‘slapping’”

Even Indian publication Sportstar expressed surprise at the result, tweeting: “Simranjit Kaur wins! It’s a surprising result after such a strong performance from Amy Broadhurst, who must feel hard done by.”

Broadhurst appeared to convincingly win the first round but the decision to award a blow as a slip by Kaur in the third and then an official warning from the referee meant her hopes of silverware were ended in heartbreaking fashion with the Dealgan Boxing Club member breaking into tears at the end.

The final scorecard read: 27-29, 28-28, 29-27, 30-26, 29-27.

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