Amy Broadhurst delivers boxing history for Northern Ireland

Amy Broadhurst delivers boxing history for Northern Ireland

Amy Broadhurst will never forget the piece of boxing history she delivered for Northern Ireland.

Broadhurst repelled the pressure of arriving in Birmingham as lightweight world champion and favourite to become the first Northern Irish woman to claim boxing gold at the Commonwealth Games with a unanimous points victory over England’s Gemma Richardson.

However, an unprecedented double is not enough to satisfy the bullish Broadhurst as she immediately set her sights on a hat-trick by adding the European crown to her collection.

She said: “It's incredible and I've made history as well in being the first female boxer from Northern Ireland to win the Commonwealth gold medal for boxing.

“To have that behind me, knowing that I've made that sort of history is something I'll be proud of for as long as I remember.

“It’s unbelievable to do the double but I'll be very happy by the end of the year when I've done the treble with the Europeans coming up.

“I'm not looking to stop here and I'm pretty confident there'll be more gold medals in the future.”

This summer, Team Northern Ireland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will compromise of over 100 athletes, all vying for medal success.

Broadhurst, who idolises Mexican great Canelo Alvarez, was pleased to show off her versatility and full repertoire of weapons as she silenced the English crowd with several brutal body shots to get the edge over Richardson.

She said: “I got in today and I did something different than the other two days, so I've proved in this competition that I can do everything.

“If I need to go out and box, I can box. If I need to fight, I can fight. That's one thing that I'm taking away from this performance is that I'm not just a one trick pony.”

Broadhurst is from Dundalk on the southern side of the border but said she wouldn’t pay any attention to her detractors with tears filling her eyes on top of the podium as Londonderry Air was played in front of a packed-out NEC.

She explained: “It's been on my mind for a year and a half now to come and win a Commonwealth gold medal and I know I'm going to have people who are going to downgrade it by saying I'm not from the North.

“But if I wasn't meant to be here, I wouldn't be here. So I deserve to be here just as much as everybody else. I've trained very hard for this Commonwealth gold medal and to have it now is amazing.”

National Lottery players raise more than £30million a week for good causes including vital funding into sport – from grassroots to elite. Find out how your numbers make amazing happen at: and get involved by using the hashtag: #TNLAthletes.