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Delight as Sean McComb earns second boxing medal for Ireland in European games

Published 23/06/2015 | 19:04

Ireland's Sean McComb celebrates after defeating Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz (not pictured) in the men's light (60kg) boxing quarterfinal bout at the 2015 European Games in Baku on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Sean McComb celebrates after defeating Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz (not pictured) in the men's light (60kg) boxing quarterfinal bout at the 2015 European Games in Baku on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland celebrates victory over Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz (red) competes against Ireland's Sean McComb during their men's light (60kg) boxing quarterfinal bout at the 2015 European Games in Baku on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz (red) competes against Ireland's Sean McComb during their men's light (60kg) boxing quarterfinal bout at the 2015 European Games in Baku on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland celebrates victory over Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Sean McComb put in a superb effort to earn Ireland a second medal in boxing at the inaugural European Games in Baku today.

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The lightweight was at his brilliant  best as he frustrated Turkey’s Yasin Yilmaz with his constant movement and intelligent shot selection.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland celebrates victory over Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland celebrates victory over Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland (blue) and Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey (red) compete in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland (blue) and Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey (red) compete in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland (blue) and Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey (red) compete in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)

McComb landed a number of impressive left hands in the final round and was awarded the bout on a unanimous points decision.

Read more here: Ireland Sean McComb secures second medal for Ireland at the European Games  

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.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland (blue) and Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey (red) compete in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland (blue) and Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey (red) compete in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 23: Sean McComb of Ireland (blue) and Yasin Yilmaz of Turkey (red) compete in the Men's Boxing Lightweight (60kg) Quarter Final during day eleven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Crystal Hall on June 23, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz (red) competes against Ireland's Sean McComb during their men's light (60kg) boxing quarterfinal bout at the 2015 European Games in Baku on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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