Michael Conlan secures a medal at European Boxing Championships
Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan, former European gold medallist Joe Ward and Wexford rookie Dean Walsh have all secured bronze medals at the European boxing championship in Samokov, Bulgaria. But there was disappointment for Adam Nolan who bowed out in the quarter-finals.
Light-welter weight Dean Walsh – who is a nephew of Irish head coach Billy Walsh – fashioned the biggest win of his career when he beat Hungary’s Georgian Nyeki to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal as well as securing a place at the World boxing championship in Doha in October.
Conlan, meanwhile, adopted a southpaw stance against his Danish opponent Frederick Jensen, who is also a left handed-fighter, in the quarter-final.
Jensen had a height advantage over the former European silver medallist but Conlan used his ring craft and experience to score with the clearer punches and comfortably got the decision.
Conlan – who is the number one seed - took the fight 30-27 on all three judges’ card. He will now face Italy’s Francesco Maietta in the semi-finals on Friday.
The victory also secured Conlan a place at the World Championship in Doha in October where he will be chasing more medals as he has already qualified for next year’s Rio Olympics courtesy of his exploits in the World Series of Boxing earlier this spring.
In the evening session Nolan who had stunned Russian top seed Radzhab Butaev to advance to today's last eight clash looked jaded today as he was beaten by Belarussian Pavel Kastramin.
The Wexford welterweight now faces an anxious wait to see if his opponent wins his semi-final. If he does, the Garda will qualify for the World Championships.
Joe Ward was victorious in his bout with Belarus' London 2012 Olympian Mikhail Dauhaliavets.
The Moate fighter claimed another unanimous points win.
Tomorrow Thursday is a rest day; the semi-finals are scheduled for Friday with the gold medal bouts on Saturday.