Ireland take home five gold medals from Romania

Ireland have won five gold medals at the Golden Belt-Nicolae Linca tournament in Tagrr Mures, Romania. The team will take home a total of 12 medals from the tournament.

In the light welterweight final, Brandon McCarthy secured the gold medal with a split decision win over German fighter David Gkevorgkhan.

Featherweight Adam Hession was awarded the gold medal after his Georgian opponent was eliminated from the finals.

However, there was no joy for Olympic bronze medalist Aidan Walsh. He withdrew from the light middleweight finals but took home a silver medal.

Earlier, Cork-born Garda Christina Desmond defeated Germany’s Leonie Muller in the 70kg final by split decision. However, teammate Grainne Walsh (66kg) was beaten by a Ukrainian in her final and brings home a silver medal.

On Friday, Shannon Sweeney (48 kg) and Amy Broadhurst (63.5 kg) won their gold medal fights.

The form of the female boxers is particularly encouraging ahead of next month’s Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul.

The International Boxing Association, the sport’s world governing body, has announced there will be no seeding for the event due to weight changes and an increase in the number of categories to 13.

This means that Olympic gold medalist Kellie Harrington and Tokyo silver medalist Beatrix Ferreira could meet in an early round of the lightweight division, which will deprive fans of a chance to meet in another final.

Gold medal winners in all weight classes are guaranteed a check for €100,000, funded by the IBA’s controversial sponsorship deal with Russian state-owned oil conglomerate Gazprom.

The IBA’s Russian-born president, Umar Kremlev, told the board at its recent meeting that the organization could not afford to sever its ties with Gazprom in protest at the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement, the IBA referred to a statement signed by Ireland’s Sports Minister Jack Chambers as part of the reasoning for not abandoning their deal with Gazprom.

“Following the recent rebranding, IBA is currently working to diversify its commercial revenue stream and IBA’s business relationships are under review.

“It is not currently possible to curtail the IBA’s existing relationships without having a material adverse effect on competitive sport and the development of boxing – two elements to which the IBA is fully committed.

“In this regard, the IBA takes note of the statement signed by the Irish Minister for Sport calling for such restrictions only where possible.”

Along with sports ministers from 37 other countries, Deputy Chambers signed a statement issued on March 8 calling for a sports boycott against Russia and Belarus following the invasion of Ukraine.

It was asked what “possible appropriate measures should be taken to limit sponsorship and other financial support of entities with ties to the Russian or Belarusian states”. Ireland take home five gold medals from Romania

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