Ireland will be taking home at least three bronze medals from the European Championships in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Kurt Walker, Brendan Irvine and Joe Ward all claimed last-eight wins today to advance to Friday’s semi-finals.
Walker beat Italy’s Raffaele Di Serio, who beat the Lisburn bantam in the European U/22s earlier this year, on a 3-1 split.
And Rio Olympians Brendan Irvine and Joe Ward followed that up with unanimous decisions over Spain’s Gabriel Escobar and Scotland’s Sean Lazzerini in the fly and light-heavy classes.
Ward, the current European champion and the No. 1 seed in Kharkiv, was in top form against the game but outclassed Glaswegian, Ward earning a comprehensive points win.
Sean McComb was unlucky to bow out this afternoon, the Belfast light-welter boxed tremendously but was on the wrong end of a split decision to England’s Luke McCormack.
Thursday is a rest day at the tournament. The semi-finals and finals will be decided on Friday and Saturday.
European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25th
64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic) 5-0
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat SeverianeChildaze (Georgia) 5-0
69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) lost to Sergei Sobylinski (Russia) 0-5
60kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) lost to Artur Bril (Germany) 0-5
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) beat Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland) 3-2
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey) 5-0
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Vitaly Dunaystev (Russia) 3-2
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) lost to Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine) TKO2
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Tayfur Aliyev (Azerbaijan) 4-1
75kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) lost to Kamran Shakhsuvarly (Azerbaijan) 0-5
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Matus Strnisko (Slovakia) 5-0
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) lost to Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine) 1-4
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) beat Gabriel Escobar (Spain) 5-0
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Raffaele Di Serio (Italy) 3-1
64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) lost to Luke McCormack (England) 2-3
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) beat Sean Lazzerini (Scotland) 5-0
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Dean Farrell (England) or Fabrizio Cappai (Italy)
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Mykola Butsenko (Ukraine)
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Valentino Manfredonia (Italy)
52kg – Flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Pauls) (Bronze, at least)
56kg – Bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal) (Bronze, at least)
60kg – Lightweight – Patrick Mongan (Olympic)
64kg – Light-welter – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
69kg – Welterweight – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
75kg – Middleweight – Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)
81kg – Light-heavy – Joe Ward (Moate) (Bronze, at least)
91kg – Heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91+kg – Super-heavy – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)
High-Performance Director/Head of Delegation: Bernard Dunne
Head Coach: Zaur Antia
Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc, Jimmy Payne, Eoin Pluck
Physio: Seamus Caffrey
Doctor: Jim Clover
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary
Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton