Ireland secure four medals at the European Boxing Championships in Minsk
John Joe Nevin, Jason Quigley and Paddy Barnes became the first Irish boxers to secure medals at the European Boxing Championships in Minsk today with quarter-final victories.
Nevin, the Olympic silver medallist from London last year was at his stylish best as he beat Hungary's Krisztian Nagy 30-24, 30-27, 30-25 for a unanimous decision.
The Mullingar bantamweight, who is the number one seed, will is guaranteed a bronze medal but is the overwhelming favourite for gold.
He overwhelmed his Hungarian opponent coming forward and while fighting on the back foot and will face Russia’s Nikitin Vladimir, who earned a split decision over Georgia’s Giorgi Gogatishvili today, in the semi-finals on Friday looking to upgrade to at least silver.
Shortly after Nevin's success, Paddy Barnes joined him in securing a medal but his fight was a much tighter affair.
The double Olympic bronze medallist beat Hungary's Istvan Ungvari by a split-decision on a scoreline of 28-29, 30-27, 28-29.
Barnes, the 2010 European champion, will now meet Azerbaijan’s Salman Alizida, the 2011 European champion, in the last-four on Friday.
Exciting 22-year-old Jason Quigley was next into the ring for Ireland and the Irish middleweight made light work of Germany's Stefan Haertel.
The Donegal native, who is already a European under-23 gold medallist, won by unanimous decision with the judges scoring it 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
The current Irish Elite champion will now meet London 2012 Olympian Ievgen Khytrove of the Ukraine in the last-four. Khytrov, the current AIBA World champion, is the No. 1 seed in the 75kg class in Minsk.
There was disappointment for heavyweight Tommy McCarthy who was decisively beaten by reigning European champion Teymur Mammadov.
The Azerbaijan fighter won on a unanimous scoreline of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.
Michael Conlan secured Ireland's fourth medal of the European Boxing Championships when he stopped home favourite Siarhei Loban in the second round of their quarter-final in the evening session in Minsk.
The London 2012 bronze medallist is guaranteed at least a bronze but will fight for a final place on Friday.