Lisa O'Rourke was one of two Irish winners yesterday ©IBA

Ireland's continual women’s boxing success can be credited to its positive approach to the sport, according to its head coach.

Zaur Antia led the Irish team to two gold medals yesterday in the under-63 kilogram and under-70kg categories, continuing the success left by greats such as Katie Taylor.

Amy Broadhurst won the first under-63kg final by unanimous decision and this was followed by a 4-1 split decision win for Lisa O'Rourke in the under-70kg.

Ireland's ace Kellie Harrington missed out on the under-60kg tournament due to injury, meaning less-experienced fighters were expected to pick up the mantle.

The head coach, from Georgia, has lived in Ireland for 18 years and was delighted by Broadhurst and O'Rourke's back-to-back victories.

"I am very happy, it's a very good team with very good preparation," said Antia to insidethegames

"Everything was positive. 

"Positive coaching, positive training, positive environment."

Irish boxing coach and father of Michael Conlan, John Conlan added praise to Antia.

"We had a great Championships, nearly every one of our athletes performed," added Conlan to insidethegames.

"We had great preparation, the head coach was on top of his game with his tactics.

"We have a world-class coach, he has a great understanding of women's boxing and understands what it takes to be a world champion or Olympic champion and that's why we're so successful."

O'Rourke received a call from Taylor following her title victory, and Conlan noted her development, following in the footsteps of her older sister Aoife O'Rourke, the 2019 European champion.

"Lisa has come out of the blue and her sister has been to an Olympic Games - and Lisa who's always been in her shadow has come to the forefront there," he said.

John Conlan, left, and Zaur Antia, right, hugging Lisa O'Rourke after her win ©IBA
John Conlan, left, and Zaur Antia, right, hugging Lisa O'Rourke after her win ©IBA

O'Rourke won her round of 16 bout on her 20th birthday - adding that it was the birthday of her dog on the day of her quarter-finals victory - and was delighted with her performance as she looks towards the European Championships. 

She noted the influence of Broadhurst, who won bronze at the 2019 European Championships.

"Amy has been on the scene a long time and deserves it more than anyone," said O'Rourke. 

"I'm delighted to see her on top of the podium and she's a great team-mate."

Ireland won no medals at the 2019 World Championships and Harrington took the nation's only medal in 2018 by winning the under-60kg gold.

Their performance in 2022 was their best ever, with Ireland never winning two golds at the same Women's World Championships.