Aoife O’Rourke will have to settle for bronze after American Naomi Graham advanced to the final at the Strandja multi-nations in Sofia.
O’Rourke and Graham traded leather from the opening to the closing bell, with the Irishwoman ending the second round well and impressing for the first minute of the third.
Both women finished strong going down the final stretch, but the American advanced at the expense of the European titlist on a unanimous verdict.
Meanwhile Kellie Harrington is through to the lightweight final following an impressive victory over hometown favourite Denica Eliseeva.
Boxing well within herself in a composed performance from an athlete in her third fight in successive days since returning from a hand injury sustained at the European Games last June, Harrington won all three rounds.
The 2018 World Elite champion found the target with right hooks and solid combinations throughout today’s encounter. Eliseeva threatened with left hooks but never really troubled the Irishwoman.
Harrington will be back between the ropes boxing for gold tomorrow versus Finland’s Mira Potkonen.