Nolan scales first hurdle at Euros with classy victory
BRAY-based garda Adam Nolan progressed to the last 16 of the European Championships with an impressive unanimous decision (30-27 29-28 29-28) over Polish welterweight Tomasz Kot in Minsk.
But Belfast lightweight Sean McComb bowed out in the Belarusian capital after losing (29-27 29-28 29-29) to Ukrainian Olympian Pavlo Ischenko over three three-minute rounds.
Wexford-born Nolan, who beat Kot en route to qualifying for London 2012 in Turkey last year, dominated all three rounds at the 36-nation tournament.
The Bray BC southpaw, who is trained by Katie Taylor's father Pete Taylor, will meet 2013 Great Silk Way gold medallist Bogdan Shelestyuk of the Ukraine tomorrow.
Meanwhile, London 2012 bronze medallist Michael Conlan and 2011 European champions Ray Moylette and Joe Ward, as well as Con Sheehan, will be in action today.
Conlan opens his campaign against Narek Abgaryan of Armenia, and Moylette and Ward are in against Turkey's Huseyin Karslioglu and Poland's Mateusz Tryc respectively, while Sheehan faces Georgia's Mikheil Bakhtidze. The Tipperary super-heavyweight won't have far to look for background information on Bakhtidze, as Irish coach Zuar Antia is a native of Georgia.
Conlan, Moylette and Ward were seeded in Saturday's draw and received byes into the last-16 in the flyweight, light-welterweight and light-heavyweight classes. Tryc, who was beaten by Ireland's Conrad Cummings in the 2012/13 WSB season, has moved up from middleweight to light-heavyweight.
Olympic medallists John Joe Nevin and Paddy Barnes, European U-23 champion Jason Quigley, Nolan and Tommy McCarthy will be between the ropes tomorrow.
Belfast dynamo Barnes, a gold medal winner at the 2010 Euros, meets current Welsh champion Ashley 'Ash Bash' Williams.