Buckley and Nevin ensure bronze boost
Laois middleweight Michael Nevin and Bray light-flyweight Regan Buckley guaranteed Ireland's first medals of the European Games on 4-1 split decisions in Minsk yesterday.
Buckley saw off Spain's Martin Molina and Nevin, in his third win in four days, earned a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 verdict over Turkey's Guler Serhat. Both men are now guaranteed at least bronze.
Buckley admitted that Molina was a handful early on. "I'm over the moon," said the 22-year-old. "He was very compact and threw a lot of punches, so I had to deal with him from the outside. We did what we had to to get the win."
Meanwhile, Castlerea middleweight Aoife O'Rourke impressed after beating World and European bronze medallist Viktoryia Kebikova on a 4-1 split to set up today's quarter-final with Welsh No 2 seed Lauren Price.
Elsewhere, World Elite lightweight champion Kellie Harrington meets Italian Irma Testa for at least bronze today.
Antrim's bantam weight Kurt Walker meets France's Samuel Kistohurry while Michaela Walsh and Grainne Walsh also box in the last eight today.
There was disappointment for Antrim light-welter James McGivern who bowed out yesterday after dropping a unanimous decision to Armenia's No 1 seed Hovhannes Bachkov.