Ray Moylette and Joe Ward win European Amateur golds

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Mayo man Ray Moylette boxed superbly in Friday's final in Turkey

Ireland's Ray Moylette and Joe Ward have both clinched gold at the European Amateur Championships in Ankara.

Mayo man Moylette, a former World Youths Champion, defeated England's Thomas Stalker 18-10 in Friday's light-welterweight final.

After an even opening three minutes, Moylette dominated the two closing rounds to earn a deserved victory.

Light-heavyweight Ward, 17, surprised Russian Nikita Ivanov 20-12 in the light-heavyweight decider.

Ward was a major underdog going into Friday's decider but he bossed the fight to forge a 15-6 lead after two rounds and successfully kept the Russian at bay in the closing three minutes.

Light-heavyweight Ward, also a previous World Youths Champion, earned a magnificent 18-8 win over Hungary's Imre Szello in Thursday's semi-finals.

The 17-year-old earned his place in the Irish team for the Europeans after beating Olympic silver medallist Kenny Egan at this year's Irish Championships.

Moylette beat Azerbaijan's Hajiliyev Heybatulla 18-16 in Thursday's light-welterweight semi-final.

Stalker, who won silver last year, had a walkover in his semi-final in Ankara.

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