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Walker and Irvine take bronze after semi-final defeats


Walker and Irvine

Kurt Walker and Brendan Irvine must agree to bronze awards at the European Championships after losing their semi-finals in Ukraine on Friday.

Lisburn bantamweight Walker was beaten by Ukranian boxer Mykola Butsenko on a consistent 5-0 focuses choice, with every one of the judges giving Butsenko each round.

Belfast flyweight Irvine lost to Niall Farrell of England on a 5-0 scoreline.

Joe Ward from Westmeath battles Italian Valentino Manfredonia in the light-heavyweight semi-finals in Kharkiv.

Ward guaranteed no less than a bronze decoration on Wednesday with a consistent triumph over Scot Sean Lazzerini.

Walker, 22, vanquished Italy’s Raffaele Di Serio in his quarter last of the 56kg division on Wednesday yet turned out second best against home boxer Butsenko, a former European silver, and world bronze medallist.

Rio Olympian Irvine beat Gabriel Escobar of Spain on a logical choice in the last eight However Farrell demonstrated excessively stable.

Belfast light-welterweight Sean McComb passed up a significant opportunity for a bronze decoration after losing to England’s Luke McCormack in the 64kg division on Wednesday.

McComb endured a limited 3-2 split choice misfortune in the 64kg division.

Every one of the four Irish boxers has guaranteed a place at August’s World Championships in Hamburg by ideals of having achieved the last 16.

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