Record 14th Irish title for Amy Broadhurst
There was a record breaking moment for local boxer Amy Broadhurst at the weekend when she became the first Irish female boxer to hold 14 Irish titles.
The 20-year-old collected her 14th national title without a punch being thrown on her return to her Dundalk at the weekend.
Broadhurst, who now trains in Islington Boxing Club in London, entered the lightweight section in the All-Ireland Under-23 Championships. With no other entrants, the Muirhevnamor boxer was awarded the title on a walkover.
She will now compete in the Irish elite senior championships for the first time before returning to London.
Reacting to the title, Amy said she was proud of her achievement despite the walkover win.
“14th Irish title in the bag! It’s not how I wanted it but it is what it is. The only female boxer ever from Ireland to have 14 Irish titles under my wing. Nobody can take that away from me,” she said.
While Amy’s record now surpasses that of even Katie Taylor at that age, there are fears she could be set to switch to Team GB ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Her dad and Dealgan Boxing Club coach is English meaning Amy qualifies to represent Britain, who would fund her from UK Sport. However, unless Amy can secure sponsorship here all the expenses of training and travelling would fall on her.
Amy’s dad Tony told sportsnewsireland.com: “She’ll be going to England after Elites here; as far as I know there isn’t anything for her here except full time training with no funding.”
Amy’s brother Stephen will also be competing at the Elites but even if he wins the 75kg crown he too will get no funding and is almost certain to have to remain in Dundalk and seek employment in town.