Amy denied European gold in controversial fashion

Dealgan Amateur Boxing Club's Amy Broadhurst was denied a second European gold medal in contentious fashion
Dealgan ABC’s Amy Broadhurst is still reeling from her controversial loss to Ukrainian Valery Manchak at the European European Youth and Junior Championships in Assisi in Italy last week, according to her father Tony.

Dealgan ABC’s Amy Broadhurst is still reeling from her controversial loss to Ukrainian Valery Manchak at the European European Youth and Junior Championships in Assisi in Italy last week, according to her father Tony.

The Dundalk girl, who took home silver from the championships, is struggling to come to terms with the manner of her defeat in the final.

A YouTube video of the contentious count-back from the referee in the fourth round has gone viral since the fight, with many people voicing their surprise and disgust at how Broadhurst lost the fight.

Tony, who was at the fight, explained how the Italian crowd booed upon the announcement that Manchek was the winner.

“The Italians actually started chanting Amy’s name at the medal ceremony as one of the Klitschko brothers presented the gold medal to their fellow Ukrainian Manchek.

“Some Ukrainians even came up and apologised to Amy directly afterwards”, added Tony.

The 17-year-old fighter, who had won the first two rounds of the final, received a standing count in the third after being caught on the ropes. Manchak was subsequently awarded the third round. However it was in the fourth round that controversy descended when the referee stopped the fight to gave another count to Amy, even though many in the arena believed it was the Ukrainian who should have received the count.

The final scores were 38-38, 38-38 and 39-37 to Manchak and when it went back to the judges the Ukrainian fighter ultimately got the verdict, leaving the Broadhurst camp fuming.

As for the remainder of 2014, Tony stated that Amy’s schedule for the rest of the year is relatively light.