Michaela Walsh is back between the ropes for her second bout in 24 hours this afternoon at the European Elite Women’s Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Belfast feather beat England’s Karriss Artingstal 30-27 across the board in the last 32 of the tournament yesterday.

Italy’s Alessia Mesiano awaits today. Both women will be in the ring at approximately 1.30pm (Irish time).

Walsh and Mesiano won back-to-back European Union Elite gold on the same day at 54kg and 57kg in Italy last year.

A Rome native, Mesiano claimed a World Elite feather title in Kazakhstan in 2016 two years after winning bronze at this level.

Image: Dmitry Dmitruk with Grainne Walsh at opening ceremony.

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European Women’s Elite Championships Sofia, Bulgaria

June 5

Last 32

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) beat Karriss Artingstal (England) 5-0

June 6

Last 16

57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v Alessia Mesiano (Italy)

June 7

Last 16

60kg Kellie Harrington (Ireland) v Katerina Humlova (Czech Republic)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Ireland) v Iaroslava Iakushina (Russia)

Irish squad

57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Mary’s)
69kg Grainne Walsh (Sparticus)

Team Manager: Bernard Dunne
Head Coach: Zaur Antia
Coach: Dmitry Dmitruk
Physio: Muireann Harte