Walsh poised for McCormack rematch
Aidan Walsh impressed en route to victory on his World Elite debut in Ekaterinburg, Russia yesterday - but a familiar and formidable foe awaits.
Walsh saw off Israeli welter Miroslav Kapuler-Chishenko on a 4-1 split decision and meets England's No 2 seed Pat McCormack in the last 32 on Monday.
Sunderland-born McCormack beat Antrim-native Walsh on a unanimous decision in the 2018 Commonwealth 69kg final in Australia.
Walsh held his composure in the face of Kapuler-Chishenko's marauding to pick off his shots but once again the type of judging that nearly cost boxing its Olympic status was in evidence.
Four judges scored it 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26 (one 10-8 round) to Walsh but the fifth judge marked the fight 29-28 to the Ukraine-born southpaw. Michael Nevin fights today versus Lithuania's Vytautas Balsys for a place in the last 16.
Meanwhile, Moate light-heavy Joe Ward, who reached the last two World Elite 81kg finals but has turned pro, has admitted that Marco Delgado is a tough start. Ward, who is signed with New York's Times Square, meets the Californian on his pro debut on the Gennady Golovkin versus Sergiy Derevyanchenko undercard on October 5 at Madison Square Garden.
Ward is in training camp with Hall of Fame trainer Buddy McGirt and his Irish coach Jimmy Payne in Long Island ahead of his first paid outing against an opponent who was won five (four KO) of his first six fights.