Tuesday 23 January 2018

Boxing: Battling Walker forced to settle for bronze

Ireland's Kurt Walker had to settle for bronze at the AIBA World Youth Championships after being edged out 14-12 by England's Oliver Simpson in Yerevan, Armenia.

The Yorkshire flyweight took a 9-5 lead into the last round of their 52kg semi-final, but Walker produced a storming final frame and had his opponent in all sorts of trouble. However, his efforts proved in vain as the judges decided that he hadn't done enough.

Walker will be presented with his bronze medal this afternoon, while Olympic, World and European champion Katie Taylor will collect her third AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year award tonight.


Shaun Murphy shattered the teenage dreams of Luca Brecel as he survived a nerve-wracking quarter-final with the sport's new young star at the UK Championship.

On more than one occasion Murphy looked a beaten man. But 17-year-old Belgian Brecel twice faltered with the victory line in sight, missing crucial pinks in the 10th and 11th frames to allow the 2008 UK champion pinch a 6-5 win.


Daryl Jacob will have to sit out Christmas and the New Year after being banned for 10 days by the Wincanton stewards, who deemed he had failed to ride out to the line on Ulis De Vassy in the Racing Welfare Fox-Pitt Eventing Handicap Hurdle.

Jacob led over the last flight on Ulis De Vassy but was headed inside the last 100 yards by Quaddick Lake, which won by a neck. It appeared that the rider mistook a path several strides before the line as the winning post before realising his error and riding out a couple more strides.

Irish Independent

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