MACROOM boxer Christina Desmond sealed her win over England’s current Commonwealth champion Sandy Ryan in the last 30 seconds of a dramatic battle in Siberia.
The brilliant Southpaw was handed a tough draw at the World Women’s Elites in Ulan-Ude but beat the Derby orthodox on a 4-1 split decision to advance to the last 16.
She’ll now meet Canada’s Pan-American finalist Myriam Da Silva for a place in the quarter-finals next Wednesday. The Quebec-native, the number five seed in Russia.
“I thought Christina boxed well and she finished out the last 30 seconds very strong against the English girl,” said Tom Power, who’s Desmond coach at the Fr Horgan’s BC.
“That clinched it for her. I’d say the first round was won by Christina and the English girl won the second. It was a tight fight and we’re delighted with the result.”
Desmond’s backhand was a constant menace for Ryan who worked well when she cut down space.
“Don’t hurry,” was the advice from Irish head coach Zaur Antia in the corner at the end of the first round at the 67-nation tournament.
“Great performance from Christina and all of Cork boxing is behind her in Siberia. She showed her determination to win today and we’re thrilled for her,” said Mick O’Brien, president of the Cork Boxing Board.
Friday’s victory saw Desmond join Ceire Smith in the last 16. Michaela Walsh and Amy Broadhurst are in action in the last 32 versus Mali and Germany today and tomorrow.