Michaela Walsh is celebrating after becoming the first Irish female boxer to claim gold at the World Cup in Cologne.
The Monkstown featherweight dominated her division to win all three of her fights by unanimous 5-0 decisions, though she still wants to improve as she sets her sights on top spot at next year's Tokyo Olympics.
“Everything went to plan and I’m really happy to come away with the gold," said Walsh of her win in Germany. "This is a development tournament, so it was just good to be able to go over and perform. Obviously, there is still room for improvement, but I’m looking forward to making those improvements in the lead up to Tokyo.
“Every fight was tough and they were three world class opponents. The tactics the coaches gave me to try out were great and the feedback was good, so we’re looking forward to moving on now to bigger and better things."
Asked how she felt being known as a history maker following her win, Walsh was suitably down to earth in her response.
“I could get used to it! You have to keep yourself humble. I’m a confident person so I’m still striving to be the best I can be. I’m delighted to be the first person to do it," said Walsh, who is aiming to medal against the World Championship this June in Minsk.
“Because the level was so high over in the World Cup, I’m very confident of going out to Minsk and bringing home a gold medal. It’s going to be World Class opposition once again, but I’ll train my heart out as I always do and I’ll leave no stone unturned.
“That’s the big one. That’s what we’re all training for and you always have to improve. Even the girls that I’ve beaten are going to be thinking now about how to beat me. I’m going to stay on top of everyone.
“Boxing is the sort of sport where you could beat someone today and they could beat you tomorrow, so you have to try and get better with every win. I’ll be watching my fights back this week to see what I did wrong and what I did right," added Walsh who has hope to turn professional as some stage in the future.
“Since Katie Taylor has turned pro, women’s professional boxing is massive now, which is really good.
“It’s definitely something in the future I’d like to look into and test myself," she said.
Holy Family fighter Carly McNaul was also in the medals in Cologne as she collected a silver to add to her silver form the Commonwealth Games.