Tuesday 22 October 2019

We'll give it our all against Irish, says Germany coach Bolger

Eddie Bolger. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Eddie Bolger. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Bernard O'Neill

Germany head coach Eddie Bolger believes the biggest compliment he can pay Irish boxing is to give 100 per cent in trying to beat Irish boxing.

Wexford-born Bolger will be working Ornella's Wahner's corner when the World featherweight champion meets Ireland's EU titlist Michaela Walsh in tomorrow's quarter-final at the European Games in Minsk.

Walsh set up a three rounder for at least bronze with the No 1 seed on a 4-1 split decision over Lenuta Perijoc yesterday.

Bantam Kurt Walker also won and Offaly welter Grainne Walsh stunned Great Britain's Rosie Eccles on a 4-1 split verdict.

"It will be tough," said Bolger, an ex-Irish coach. "Michaela is a serious operator. The biggest respect from me to Ireland is to give it everything to beat Ireland.

"Ornella and Michaela have met a few times in the past and I'm expecting a close fight."

Meanwhile, Walker had to pull out all the stops en route to his last-16 win over Armenian Zhirayr Saeqsyan. The Antrim man soaked up two big shots in rounds one and two, but found enough quality punches to advance.

"He was very, very good. I felt a bit rusty, but it will stick by me in the quarter-final bout," he said.

Tipperary super-heavy Dean Gardiner and Galway welter Kieran Molloy both dropped decisions to Georgia's Mikheil Bakhtidze and Belarus' Yauheni Dauhaliavets.

Michael Nevin and Regan Buckley meet Spain's Martin Molina and Turkey's Guler Serhat in today's middle and light fly quarter-finals.

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