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McComb and Irvine dreaming of Euro gold

 

By David Kelly

Belfast men Sean McComb and Brendan Irvine were on fire at the European Elite Championships in Ukraine yesterday.

McComb gave the performance of the Championships so far when he defeated the World No.1 light-welterweight Vitaly Dunaystev in a repeat of April's clash at Dublin's National Stadium, which McComb also won on a split decision.

McComb is now dreaming of striking gold at the Championships but will expect a tough quarter-final with England's Luke McCormack tomorrow.

Rio Olympian Irvine followed that up with a unanimous decision over Turkey's Bathuhan Citfci at flyweight.

The European Games silver medallist found the target with ease, peppering his opponent with stinging straight shots.

McComb and Irvine not only moved into the quarter-finals but also secured their places at the World Championships in Germany later this year. The top eight boxers in each weight qualify for the World Championships.

Current European light-heavy champion Joe Ward, the No. 1 seed, Irish captain Darren O'Neill, Kurt Walker and Emmet Brennan will all be aiming to secure their place in the World Championships today.

Lisburn man Walker has taken over the bantamweight mantle from Michael Conlan and is in fine form as he heads into his clash with Tayfur Aliyev of Azerbaijan.

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