Ireland's Michaela Walsh guaranteed at least a European bronze after split decision victory
Ireland’s Michaela Walsh has guaranteed herself a bronze medal at the European women’s boxing championships in Sofia.
The Belfast featherweight saw off the challenge of Helina Bruyevich of Belarus in a last eight contest in the Bulgarian capital.
At the 2014 World championships in South Korea, Walsh secured a unanimous points’ win over Bruyevich. She again out-boxed her this afternoon, though Walsh had to be content with a split decision win.
This is Walsh’s fourth championship medal and her third in three successive tournaments.
She won the gold medal in the bantamweight division at the EU championships last year and was desperately unlucky not to win the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year. She also won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when she lost to Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams in the final.
She will be bidding to upgrade to a silver medal in Monday’s semi-final in Sofia.
Meanwhile, Ireland other remaining boxer at the championships, Kellie Harrington will be aiming to make the podium tomorrow when she faced experienced Ukrainian Iulia Tsyplaova in a last eight bout.