Monday 20 November 2017

Ireland Sean McComb secures second medal for Ireland at the European Games

Sean McComb, Ireland, with coach Billy Walsh d
Sean McComb, Ireland, with coach Billy Walsh d

Sean McComb produced a masterful display to guarantee Ireland it's second medal in boxing at the inaugural European Games in Baku this morning.

The lightweight was at his evasive best as he frustrated Turkey's Yasin Yilmaz with terrific movement and intelligent shot selection.

McComb struck his opponent with a number of good left hands in the final round and ultimately prevailed by a unanimous points decision victory.

McComb's triumph comes after Belfast fighter Brendan Irvine got Ireland its first medal.

The Antrim light-flyweight produced the performance of his career to beat Azerbaijan's Salman Alizada, the No 1 seed in the 49kg class, on a split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) in his own backyard to book his ticket into the semi-finals.

There was disappointment for Dean Walsh who was beaten by Germany's Kastriot Sopa in their light welterweight last eight clash.

The German took the first round on all three judges scorecards but Dean Walsh was a different fighter in the second. He took the round but was penalised a point for use of the head to negate any benefit.

Walsh turned his head to converse with his corner in the third and then the referee and was caught by Sopa who advances to the semis.

Adam Nolan (5pm Irish time) will be in quarter-final action later today.

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