Amy Broadhurst and Lisa O'Rourke wrote their names into the history books of Irish boxing as the two fighters secured gold medals at the Women’s World Championships in Istanbul.

Only three Irish boxers had secured similar at the boxing Worlds, and now Broadhurst and O’Rourke join Katie Taylor, Kellie Harrington and Michael Conlan in an elite club of five.

Dundalk boxer Broadhurst was first of the Irish in the ring at the prestigious Turkey tournament and was followed into the ring by Castlerea native O’Rourke, who matched her team-mate with a remarkable gold-medal winning performance.

The two Irish boxers with their gold medals - photo courtesy of IBA

Back to the arena the day after winning their respective semi-finals, Broadhurst was first up in her light welterweight division decider as she took on Algeria’s Imane Khelif.

Despite the massive 13cm height difference between the two boxers, Broadhurst was immediately effective against her rangy opponent.

With quick hands and fast feet, Broadhurst produced a string of excellent combinations early in the first round in a fine display of hitting and not getting hit.

Kelief enjoyed some success boxing on the back foot, while her long left jab kept Broadhurst at distance on occasion, and in a tight enough opening round, the judges favoured the Irish fighter on a split of 3:2.

Broadhurst again flew out of the blocks at the start of the second, this time employing a high guard to avoid giving away soft scoring shots, and while still taking the fight to her opponent, the Algeria boxer did manage to get some joy with clean combination work.

But an eye-catching right-left combination sent Khelif backwards later in the round, setting up a strong finish to hammer home Broadhurst's dominance. It was duly noticed as she took the round on all five cards with a couple of 10:8s putting the gold medal within touching distance.

Broadhurst really just needed to stay out of danger in the final stanza to take the gold, however, there was no stepping off the gas as the Irish fighter looked to win in style.

Khelif was starting to fade and looked short of ideas in her quest to turn the contest around, and it was Broadhurst who kept the tempo high as she maintained her dominance throughout the closing minute to put the decision beyond doubt.

Broadhurst still had to wait for the confirmation but it came courtesy of a 5:0 unanimous decision as Ireland secured their first gold of the tournament.

Lisa O'Rourke celebrates after becoming world champion

And this incredible boxing nation had less than 30 minutes to wait for their second of the tournament as O’Rourke was next into the ring.

Fighting against Mozambique’s Alcinda Helena Panguane in the final of the light middleweight division, O’Rourke opted to fight the opening round on the back foot.

Panguane, boxing with a southpaw stance, took up the role of aggressor, yet O'Rourke stayed out of range, while managing to let a couple of combinations go as well.

O’Rourke appeared to score at ease on the move, and while she clearly had the better of the round, Panguane's aggressive approach appeared to please a couple of the judges with the round split 3:2 in O’Rourke’s favour.

Panguane upped the tempo at the start of the second, however, her composure was badly affected as a result as she looked clumsy trying to hunt O’Rourke down.

More excellent counter punching from O’Rourke continued to score in what was a very stylish performance, however, with the judges clearly liking aggressive fighters, the Roscommon fighter showed she was equally comfortable in the centre of the ring mixing it with her opponent.

Another 3:2 result in favour of O’Rourke followed, however, the judge from Algeria judge scored the round 10:8 to Panguane, which left things in the balance heading into the final round.

Three minutes from gold, O’Rourke appeared happy to go on the attack for the final round with Panguane now fighting off the back foot and enjoying some success.

But a super right from O’Rourke would have caught the eye, combined with a really energetic performance and aggressive approach, which prevented her opponent from working her way back into the round.

And again it was over to the five judges to determine the champion, and that Algerian judge, once again, scored a 10:9 to Panguane, however, the Irish fighter had more than enough support from the other four to take the split decision 4:1 and grab the gold.

The ceremonies followed shortly after, as the virtual tricolours were hoisted high on the big screen behind the fighters with Broadhurst and O’Rourke atop the podium claiming gold medals – not to mention $100,000 apiece – as Ireland sat proudly in first place on the medals table.