European Games: Brendan Irvine progresses to Baku light-fly final

Brendan Irvine attempts to land a right hand in Wednesday's bout against Dmytro Zamotayev
Brendan Irvine fought back from losing the first round against Dmytro Zamotayev to earn a unanimous points win

Belfast boxer Brendan Irvine guaranteed himself at least a silver medal at the European Games after producing another superb performance in Baku.

Irvine, 19, fought back from losing the first round against Ukraine's Dmytro Zamotayev to earn a unanimous points win in his light-flyweight semi-final.

The St Paul's club-man had clinched his semi-final spot by beating Azerbaijan's number one seed Salman Alizada.

Irvine produced more heroics on Wednesday to book his final place.

The Belfast man becomes the first Irish fighter to qualify for one of the boxing finals in Baku although his team-mates Katie Taylor, Sean McComb and Michael O'Reilly have all progressed to the semi-finals in their divisions.

Ireland's Olympic champion Taylor defeated Sweden's Ida Lundblad in the women's lightweight quarter-finals on Wednesday morning while Laois middleweight O'Reilly also progressed to the last four in his division.

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