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Boxing: McGuigan hails 'superb' Walker

Published 05/12/2012|05:00

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FORMER WBA World featherweight champion Barry McGuigan has hailed the performances of Kurt Walker at the 71-nation AIBA World Youth Championships in Armenia.

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Walker, who boxes out of the Canal BC in Lisburn, Co Antrim, beat Ian Clarke Bautista of the Philippines 19-12 in the flyweight quarter-final to guarantee Ireland at least bronze.

The Ulster teenager, the last Irish boxer left in the tournament, will now meet England's Oliver Reece Simpson in tomorrow's 52kg semi-final.

McGuigan, who is president of the Canal BC, said: "Kurt is a superb young boxer. We have high hopes for him. I wouldn't be surprised if he went all the way in Armenia."

Dubliner John Joe McDonagh bowed at the last-eight stage. The Crumlin BC light-heavyweight lost 15-7 to Russian No 1 Idris Shakhamanov.

CYCLING

International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid has vowed to continue to improve the sport, despite calls for his resignation.

A day after a meeting of pressure group Change Cycling Now called for a change of leadership and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond offered his services as an interim president of the UCI, McQuaid launched phase one of a stakeholder consultation.

All of those involved in the sport, from riders to industry representatives and anti-doping organisations, have until next Monday to respond to a letter from the UCI. The UCI plan to use the feedback to then finalise and announce the format of its stakeholder consultation.

McQuaid said: "We will work together to tackle issues of concern and build a bright future for cycling."

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