Saturday 22 July 2017

Ireland's Dean Gardiner through to last eight at Olympic qualifiers in Baku

Ireland's Dean Gardiner. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Ireland's Dean Gardiner. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Irish super-heavyweight Dean Gardiner is through to the quarter-finals at the Olympic qualifier boxing tournament in Baku.

The Tipperary native needs to secure the gold medal in order to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

There was a premature end of his contest against Indian Satish Kumar who suffered a nasty cut after an accidental clash of heads in the second round.

The decision went to the scorecards and the judges split but it was Gardiner who got the nod.

He now meets Ukrainian Viktor Vychryst in the last eight contest on Tuesday.

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