European Championships: Walker clinches quarter-final spot

Kurt Walker will ensure a medal position if he defeats Raffaele Di Serio on Wednesday
Kurt Walker will ensure a medal position if he defeats Raffaele Di Serio on Wednesday

Kurt Walker is just one win away from a European Championships medal after a split-decision victory over number two seed Tayfur Aliyev in Ukraine.

The Lisburn bantamweight edged the contest against his opponent from Azerbaijan to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Walker will now take on Italian Raffaele Di Serio on Wednesday.

Belfast pair Sean McComb and Brendan Irvine have also progressed to the quarter-finals.

The last 16 victories secure a place at August's World Championships for the three local boxers.

Holy Trinity fighter McComb stunned world number one Vitaly Dunaytsev with a 3-2 majority win against the World and European light-welterweight title holder.

McComb faces England's Luke McCormack in a last-eight bout.

Rio Olympian Irvine beat Turkish opponent Bathuhan Citfci on a unanimous 5-0 decision to advance.

The flyweight goes up against Gabriel Escobar of Spain in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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