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