Roscommon boxer Lisa O’Rourke celebrated her 20th birthday in style this afternoon by securing a place in the quarter-finals of the light middleweight division at the World championships in Istanbul.
native of Castlerea and boxing out of Olympic Boxing club Galway, she has come of age at these championships having underlined her potential in March when she was crowned European U-22 champion.
A sister of Tokyo Olympian Aoife, Lisa now has two wins under her belt in Turkey and is one victory away from a guaranteed medal.
She dominated her last 16 fight against Maria Hernandez Moronto from the Dominican Republic.
She was 4-1 up after the first round with her agile footwork enabling her to stay out of range of her opponent. She was an unassailable 20-18 advantage on three of the judges’ cards after six minutes of action – the other two officials had the fight level.
O’Rourke continued to score in the final round as she strolled to a 5-0 unanimous win to become the first Irish boxer to qualify for the quarter-finals. She will be in action again on Monday.
Unfortunately, there is no category for light middleweight female boxers in the Paris Olympics.