Sunday 23 October 2016

Ireland guaranteed three medals but disappointment for Adam Nolan in Bulgaria

Sean McGoldrick

Published 12/08/2015 | 14:27

Michael Conlan and Dean Walsh
Michael Conlan and Dean Walsh

Ireland has secured three medals at the European boxing championships in Bulgaria with victories for Joe Ward, Michael Colan and Dean Walsh but there was disappointment for Adam Nolan.

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The Wexford welterweight stunned Russian top seed Radzhab Butaev to advance to today's last eight clash but looked jaded today as he was beaten by Belarussian Pavel Kastramin.

Nolan will have an anxious wait to see if his opponent wins his semi-final. If he does, the garda will qualify for the World Championships.

European gold medallist Joe Ward was victorious in his bout with Belarus' London 2012 Olympian Mikhail Dauhaliavets.

It was another unanimous victory for the Moate fighter.

Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan and Wexford’s Dean Walsh are assured of bronze medals at least having won their last eight bouts in Samokov.

Conlan, the Belfast bantamweight adopted a southpaw stanch against his Danish opponent Frederick Jensen who also a left handed-fighter in the quarter final.

Jensen had a height advantage over the former European silver medallist but Conlan used his ring craft and experience to score with the clearer punches and comfortably got the decision.

The victory also secured Conlan a place at the World championship in Doha in October where he will be chasing more medals as he has already qualified for next year’s Rio Olympics courtesy of his exploits in the World Series of Boxing  earlier this spring.

Meanwhile, light-welter weight Walsh – who is a nephew of Irish head coach Billy Walsh – fashioned the biggest win of his career when he beat Hungary’s Georgian Nyeki to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal as well as securing a place at the World boxing championship in Doha in October.

Ireland's three semi-finalists will have a rest day tomorrow with the semi-finals and finals being held on Friday and Saturday.

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