CORK welterweight Christina Desmond is one win away from becoming a two-time, two-weight European Elite medallist in Madrid.
The Macroom southpaw cruised past Leonie Van Leeuwen of the Netherlands yesterday to book her ticket into the quarter-finals of the 12th edition of the competition in the Spanish capital.
The final scores read 30-24, 30-24, 30-24, 30-25, 30-26 to Desmond with the brave Leeuwen soaking up a lot of backhands in all three rounds and taking a standing count off a combination in the third.
A middleweight bronze medal winner at the 2016 Europeans, Desmond will now meet Russian No 2 seed Darima Sandakova in the last eight this afternoon with at least bronze up for grabs.
Siberia-born Sandakova beat Hungary’s Vivien Budai yesterday but it was by no means all one-way traffic with the Magyar puncher also finding the target against her switch-hitting opponent.
Desmond reckons she’ll have to raise her game against the Ulan-Ude puncher.
“I’ll have to up my to performance tomorrow. Look, I’m going to go in with all guns blazing and if I put on another 10% to what I did today I should be fine."
“I’ll box long and tall and keep it confident. It’s there for the taking. The Dutch girl was a bit awkward but I knew what I had to do and I just kept it basic.
“I knew I was catching her and I knew she wasn’t catching me,” added the current Irish Elite champion.
Michael O’Brien, president of the Cork Board, said all of Leeside boxing will be behind the Fr Horgan’s BC star as she seeks to become the only Irish female boxer besides Katie Taylor to win more that one European Elite medals.