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'I know he's watching over me' - Irish boxer dedicates Baku victory to his father

Published 19/06/2015 | 20:16

Brendan Irvine in action with Tinko Banabakov of Bulgaria today at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Brendan Irvine in action with Tinko Banabakov of Bulgaria today at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Irish light-fly boxer Brendan Irvine secured his place in the quarter-finals of the European Games in Baku and dedicated the win to his father.

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The 19-year-old beat Bulgaria’s Tinko Banabakov on a unanimous decision this morning to earn his place in the last eight.

The Irish teenager is competing for the first time at the Games and the Antrim-native says the win was dedicated to his deceased father.

“That was for my dad James, who died at the age of 46 when I was just 11 years old. That’s just for him,” he said.

“I had started boxing then, but he never saw me box. I just know he is watching over me now.”

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