After two challenging years, boxing champion Christina Desmond is officially back to her winning ways. She recently won the golden belt in Romania.
Christina Desmond Wins Gold Belt In Romania
Cork pro-boxer Christina Desmond is back in the winners’ circle after she recently won the golden belt at a prestigious tournament in Romania.
The past two years had been a difficult time for Desmond due to worldwide cancellation of boxing tournaments. This makes of her recent performance so much more of a welcome return to victory and success.
Ever since she started her career as a junior boxer, Desmond has been trained by Macroom BC’s John Casey and Tom Power. She only recently switched to FR Horgan’s Boxing Club following the shutdown of Macroom club.
The Success Continues
In 2019, the pro-boxer made history when she won two Elite belts in a single year. During that same year, she also made local history when she became the only female athlete ever to have been awarded the Echo Supreme Female Athlete of the Year twice in her career.
Speaking to the press after her phenomenal win that equals hitting the jackpot with casino pokies online, Desmond confirmed that her performance in the ring is now showing steady improvement. Her next goal is qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, she said.
She also expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the Dungarvan Boxing Club for their support, and furthermore paid tribute to valued colleagues at the Dungarvan Gardai station, people she said she owed much to for their unwavering support.
Back Home In Cork
East Cork boxing club St. Colman’s BC, meanwhile, last Friday saw their wrestlers and boxers return to the ring after a hiatus of two years. The club hosted their annual boxing extravaganza in Youghal.
The club was founded back in 1984, and on Friday had the pleasure of witnessing 21 bouts, with most decided by split decisions.
The prestigious tournament attracted the elite of the local boxing world, with athletes and coaches of 10 clubs contributing to the event.
The tournament was for many years organised and ran by the late Maurice “Pip” Walsch, who led and crusaded the club alongside his son, Pa, for all of 35 years. On Friday, boxing fans were overjoyed to see the late Maurice’s wife, Margret Walsh, attending the event.
The club also on Friday presented their annual awards, with the Top Boxer of 2022 Award handed to Rory O’Donoghue. Another prestigious award, the St. Colman’s Club Boxer of the Year, went to Kaitlyln Butt.
This week sees the All-Ireland championships continue at the National Stadium. The Cork County board recently extended its best wishes to all its boxers participating in the event.
About Christina Desmond
Desmond began her boxing career at the age of only 11. She proceeded to join Fr Horgan’s Boxing Club in Churchfield at 13, and was added to the international circuit aged 16.
The middleweight boxing champion is currently ranked No. 1 in Ireland and No. 6 worldwide in her category (69kg).
For Desmond, her love of boxing started with her twin brother, Michael. They had tried their hands at many sports as children, remembers the pro-boxer, and both played Gaelic football for Cork at various stages of their sporting careers.