European Championships: Walker and Irvine take bronze after semi-final defeats
Kurt Walker and Brendan Irvine must settle for bronze medals at the European Championships after losing their semi-finals in Ukraine on Friday.
Lisburn bantamweight Walker was beaten by Ukranian boxer Mykola Butsenko on a unanimous 5-0 points decision, with all the judges giving Butsenko every round.
Belfast flyweight Irvine lost to Niall Farrell of England on a 5-0 scoreline.
Westmeath's Joe Ward beat Italian Valentino Manfredonia in the light-heavyweight semi-finals in Kharkiv.
Ward will now fight for a gold medal on Saturday.
The Irish fighter ensured at least a bronze medal on Wednesday with a unanimous victory over Scot Sean Lazzerini.
Walker, 22, defeated Italy's Raffaele Di Serio in his quarter-final of the 56kg division on Wednesday but came out second best against home boxer Butsenko, a former European silver and world bronze medallist.
Rio Olympian Irvine beat Gabriel Escobar of Spain on a unanimous decision in the last eight but Farrell proved too strong.
Belfast light-welterweight Sean McComb missed out on a bronze medal after losing to England's Luke McCormack in the 64kg division on Wednesday.
McComb suffered a narrow 3-2 split decision loss in the 64kg division.
All four Irish boxers have ensured a place at August's World Championships in Hamburg by virtue of having reached the last 16.