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The Australian knew she was in for a raging battle when she took on Christina Desmond (IRL). During the 2014 Youth World Championships in April – the qualifying competition for these Games – Desmond had fought three times with a broken wrist to secure a place in Nanjing.
Such courage was certainly on show again in her 69-75kg class contest with Parker, as the Irish boxer took the fight to her taller, heavier opponent in front of a packed house. But it was not enough, with the Australian triumphing in a unanimous decision.
Desmond secured a silver medal at the 2013 World Youth Championships and is a multiple All-Ireland junior champion. And in Nanjing, she was cheered on by her twin brother Michael, himself a multiple All-Ireland junior boxing champ.
The twins started boxing together in the same gym more than eight years ago. “I could take him down. He wasn’t that great,” said Christina with a laugh.
“Watching this I do regret [giving up], I miss getting in the ring and getting head to head with a fella, taking a few belts and giving a few as well,” Michael said. “But I could never be as good as her.”
Elsewhere, Muhammad Ali (GBR) put aside his semi-final defeat to take bronze in the men’s flyweight 52kg category, seeing off India's Gaurav Solanki in a unanimous decision.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t get gold," said Ali. “I know that I have to polish my skills up, but realistically I was just hoping for a medal.”
Turkey's Neriman Istik claimed bronze with a win over Anush Grigoryan (ARM) in the women's 48-51kg class, while Agnes Alexiusson (SWE) saw off Esra Yildiz (TUR) in the 57-60kg.
Richard Konnyu of Hungary beat Goh Hosaka of Japan to bronze in the men's 60kg, Ilyas Adzinayeu (BLR) won by technical knockout against Italy's Vincenzo LIZZI in the 69kg class and Narek Manasyan (ARM) saw off Viddal Riley (GBR) in the men's light heavyweight division.