Sunday 15 September 2019

Kelly eases into quarter-finals

The Irish champion forced his Czech opponent into a standing count in the third round. Photo: Stock Image
The Irish champion forced his Czech opponent into a standing count in the third round. Photo: Stock Image

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Light-welter Wayne Kelly booked his ticket into the last eight of the European Union Elite Championships on a unanimous decision over Petr Novak last night.

The Irish champion forced his Czech opponent into a standing count in the third round with a left to the body and a right to the head en route to earning a 30-36, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27, 30-27 verdict from the all-southpaw contest in Valladolid

"Top performance from Wayne against a tricky opponent. He always looked in control in all three rounds," said team manager Stephen Molloy, whose son Kieran, Kurt Walker and Kiril Afanasev also won for Ireland over the weekend.

Kelly's Portlaoise BC team-mate and ex-European Youth champion Michael Nevin is in action in the last 16 versus German middleweight Stefan Nikitin this afternoon.

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