Boxing Youth Olympic Games

Déarbhla fights for bronze tonight after tough semi-final loss - GALLERY

John Connolly


John Connolly


Leitrim's Déarbhla Rooney goes into the ring this evening (7.15 pm Irish time) when she faces a New Zealand opponent in her attempt to win an Olympic medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

Déarbhla, pictured in our gallery of photos supplied by Sportsfile, will face New Zealand's Te Mania Rzeka Tai Shelford-Edmonds in the bronze medal bout, a change to the system used at the Olympic Games where both beaten semi-finalists receive bronze medals.

And the Grenade from Glenade is determined not to go home without a medal - "I’ll focus on that now. I focus on the fight. Usually in the village I try to relax and take my mind off it, and here it’s all focus and thinking about what I’m going to do in the final. I’ll be very hungry now, and there’s no way I’m going home without the bronze now.”

The New Zealander will have to overcome her own disappointment as the referee stopped her semi-final against Mexico's Jennifer Carrillo-Carrillo, the Kiwi having been knocked down twice, once in the first round won comprehensively by the Mexican and again at the start of the second, forcing the referee to stop the fight.

Whether that gives Déarbhla an advantage in the fight-off for the bronze medal is hard to know - the New Zealander may take time to recover from her loss but the Manorhamilton fighter had to fight three tough rounds in her semi-final.