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'I Put My Whole Life Into This Sport... When Things Like This Happen It Makes Me Angry'

'I Put My Whole Life Into This Sport... When Things Like This Happen It Makes Me Angry'

Amy Broadhurst says that she was "devastated" by her controversial loss to Indian fighter, Simranjit Kaur, at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships on Tuesday.

The Dundalk boxer lost by split decision in a fight many thought she had won. The championships are taking place in New Dehli - it had all the signs of a hometown decision.

Broadhurst was beaten in the quarter-final by Simranjit. Victory guaranteed the winner at least a bronze medal.

"Yesterday I was upset but I woke up this morning and I was just angry," the 21-year-old told 2FM's Game On.

"Everything looked like it was set up for the Indian to win. Before the competition, they had mentioned they wanted four medals. The girl who beat me yesterday, that was their fourth medal.

"It looked like there was nothing I could do that was going to win me that fight."

In the final round, there were two especially contentious moments. Broadhurst appeared to score a knockdown with just over 70 seconds remaining. However, the referee ruled that it had been a slip.

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Shortly after, she was given a public warning and docked a point for slapping with her glove. A replay later showed that it was a clean punch.

I thought myself I won the first and the third round.

Twenty seconds before I took the warning, I hit her a body shot and she went down but the ref ruled it as a slip.

At the time it didn't really click with me. I thought 'OK, maybe it was a slip' because I couldn't actually see, I just knew that I threw the shot and it landed.

Then last night when I watched it back, and I saw that I landed clearly, I thought it should have been ruled as a knockdown. But I don't think he was ever going to do anything against her.

Twenty seconds later I caught her with a left hand and it was a clear left hand and they gave me a public warning.

Though she was reduced to tears by the decision, Broadhurst will not allow the controversy to diminish her love of the sport.

"For something like that, a world medal, to be taken away from me like that is heartbreaking,

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"I don't anything will ever take away the love I have for the sport, but when things like this happen it makes me angry.

"I put my whole life into this sport. I train full-time with no funding and if I had medalled yesterday that could have pushed me towards a bit of funding but it was just taken away from me.

"It's not really fair, not just on me but on other boxers who came over here with a dream of becoming world champion.

"I still want to make the Olympics. From a little girl, all I've thought about is the Olympics.

"I don't know if it's going to be in 2020 but I'm still going to continue to chase that Olympic dream."

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