Ward aims for European title hat-trick

Westmeath boxer Joe Ward says a third European Championships gold medal would be "very special" after the Irishman reaches the final of the light-heavyweight division in Ukraine.

Ward beat Italian Valentino Manfredonia on a unanimous decision in the light-heavyweight semi-finals in Kharkiv on Friday.

"He was a very awkward opponent and it wasn't the prettiest but I was always in control and a win's a win," said Ward, who was also optimistic about the futures of Ireland team-mates Brendan Irvine and Kurt Walker.

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