Michael Conlan through to gold medal bout at Euros

Michael Conlan will fight for gold
Michael Conlan will fight for gold

London bronze medallist Michael Conlan is through to the bantamweight final at the European boxing championships in Bulgaria.

Update: 14.05: There was disappointment for 21 year old Dean Walsh who lost on a unanimous 3-0 decision to the number two seed Vitaly Dunaytsen from Russia.

The Wexford light welter fashioned a brave performance but although each of three judges gave him one of the rounds the more experienced Russian shaded the verdict 29-28 on all three cards. But it was a desperately close decision which really could have gone either way.

At worst he is guaranteed a silver medal after comfortably accounting for Italian Francesco Maietta in the semi-final in Samokov.

At the European championships in Minsk in 2013, Conlan reached the flyweight final where he lost to his long time Welsh rival Andrew Selby in the gold medal bout. The latter has since moved into the professional ranks.

Conlan will face another UK fighter in Saturday’s final after Quis Ashfaq from Leeds beat Armenia’s Aram Avagyan.
Regardless of the result of the final, Conlan has qualified to compete at the world championships in Doha in October and is also assured of a place at next year’s Olympics in Rio courtesy of his exploits in the World Boxing series this spring.
Later today Dean Walsh (light welter) and Joe Ward (light heavy) will be in semi-final action in Bulgaria.