European Championships: Three Irish boxers win quarter-finals to secure bronze medals

Kurt Walker was adjudged the winner on four of the five judges' scorecards
Kurt Walker was adjudged the winner on four of the five judges' scorecard

Kurt Walker, Brendan Irvine and Joe Ward will pick up at least bronze medals at the European Championships after winning their quarter-finals.

Lisburn bantamweight Walker defeated Italy's Raffaele Di Serio on a 4-1 split decision while Belfast flyweight Irvine beat Gabriel Escobar of Spain on a unanimous decision in Ukraine.

Westmeath's Joe Ward ensured a third bronze medal with a unanimous victory.

Belfast light-welterweight Sean McComb missed out on a bronze medal however.

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McComb suffered a narrow 3-2 split decision loss to England's Luke McCormack in the 64kg division.

Three judges had the Englishman winning 29-28, while the others had McComb, of the Holy Trinity club, scoring a 30-27 whitewash.

McComb had stunned world number one Vitaly Dunaytsev with a 3-2 majority win against the World and European light-welterweight title holder to make the last eight stage.

Walker will face Ukranian Mykola Butsenko, a former European silver and world bronze medallist, in Friday's semi-final.

The County Antrim man defeated number two seed, Tayfur Aliyev of Azerbaijan, to secure his place in the quarter-finals.

Rio Olympian Irvine will take on English fighter Niall Farrell in his last four bout.

Irish light-heavyweight Ward defeated Scot Sean Lazzerini in a dominant unanimous decision on Wednesday evening.

All four Irish boxers have ensured a place at August's World Championships in Hamburg by virtue of having reached the last 16.

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