Delight as Sean McComb earns second boxing medal for Ireland in European games
Published 23/06/2015 | 19:04
Sean McComb put in a superb effort to earn Ireland a second medal in boxing at the inaugural European Games in Baku today.
The lightweight was at his brilliant best as he frustrated Turkey’s Yasin Yilmaz with his constant movement and intelligent shot selection.
McComb landed a number of impressive left hands in the final round and was awarded the bout on a unanimous points decision.
McComb’s victory follows that of Belfast fighter Brendan Irvine, who guaranteed Ireland its first medal.
The Antrim light-flyweight produced the best performance of his career to beat home favourite Azerbaijan’s Salman Alizada, the No 1 seed in the 49kg class, on a split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) in his own backyard to book his ticket into the semi-finals.
There was disappointment for Dean Walsh who was beaten by Germany’s Kastriot Sopa in their light welterweight last eight clash.
Adam Nolan was the last Irish fighter in action yesterday. He was unable to out-point Britain’s Josh Kelly, losing his welterweight bout with the Briton on a 2-1 call from the judges.