Boxing | Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke win world titles in Istanbul
Updated: Sep 19
Irish boxers Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O’Rourke have become world champions at the IBA Women's World Boxing Championships 2022 in Istanbul.
Dundalk fighter Broadhurst overcame Algeria’s Imane Khelif in the light welterweight final, winning a 5:0 unanimous victory on the judges' scorecards.
After edging the first round 3:2, Broadhurst asserted her dominance in the second, with all five judges awarding her the round.
The 25-year-old, nicknamed ‘Baby Canelo’, continued to control the fight in the third round against a tiring Khelif, finishing strongly to claim gold.
Roscommon native O'Rourke was next into the ring in Turkey, defeating Mozambique’s Alcinda Helena Panguane via a 4:1 split decision.
The Castlerea boxer landed some good counters against Panguane, who acted primarily as the aggressor for the opening three minutes.
O'Rourke did enough to win the round 3:2, and produced some stylish boxing and showed good composure to win the second round by the same score.
The 20-year-old, sister of fellow boxer Aoife, landed one crunching right hand in the third and final round as she emulated Broadhurst by winning gold in the Turkish capital.
The duo join become the fourth and fifth Irish boxers to win gold at world level, joining an esteemed list already containing Katie Taylor, Kellie Harrington and Michael Conlan.
Broadhurst and O'Rourke were also awarded with $100,000 each along with their historic gold medals.