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Ireland's John Joe Nevin, left, exchanges punches with Selcuk Eker of Turkey. Picture credit: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.

Ireland's John Joe Nevin, left, exchanges punches with Selcuk Eker of Turkey. Picture credit: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.

Ireland's John Joe Nevin, left, exchanges punches with Selcuk Eker of Turkey. Picture credit: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile.

FIVE Irish boxers will be in quarter-final action at the 37-nation European Championships in Belarus today with five bronze medals, at least, up for grabs.

London 2012 medallists John Joe Nevin and Paddy Barnes – along with Jason Quigley and Tommy McCarthy – have joined Michael Conlon in the last eight, and all five will fight today.

Nevin, the No1 seed, landslided Turkish bantamweight Selcuk Exer last night.

Nevin meets Hungary's Krisztian Nagy today knowing that a win will see him become the first Irish boxer apart from Katie Taylor to medal at all the majors – the Olympics, World, European and EU Championships – and secure the No1 spot in the AIBA bantamweight rankings.

Earlier yesterday, two-time Olympic bronze medallist Barnes powered past Wales' Ashley 'Ash-Bash' Williams on a unanimous decision. Barnes now faces Hungary's Istvan Ungvari.

Quigley claimed his 23rd straight win at the expense of Austria's Arbi Chakaev in a unanimous decision. Germany's Stefan Haertel awaits.

Meanwhile, Belfast heavyweight McCarthy beat Finland's Tomi Honka 30-27 across the board yesterday. He'll now meet defending European champion, Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan.


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