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Michael Conlon is still going for gold at Europeans

By Staff Reporter

Michael Conlan has pledged to bring gold back home to Belfast after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championships in Bulgaria.

Olympic bronze medallist Conlan wrapped up a comfortable 30-27 points victory over Denmark's Frederick Jensen in yesterday's bantamweight quarter-final clash, guaranteeing at least a bronze medal.

But Conlan, whose ultimate target in the amateur ranks is gold at next year's Rio Olympics, is aiming to be the top man in Samokov.

"A win is a win but I felt I could have performed better. I'm on my way to gold," the 23-year-old said.

Conlan's victory sets up a semi-final with Italy's Francesco Maietta tomorrow evening and also secures his place at the World Championships in Qatar in October.

Conlan took flyweight bronze at the London Olympics in 2012 and has already booked a bantamweight berth at next year's Rio Games.

He collected flyweight silver at the 2013 Europeans.

Wexford light-welterweight Dean Walsh (21) edged out Hungary's Georgian Nyeki yesterday to set up a semi-final against Russian Vitaly Dunaytsev tomorrow.

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