Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

British and Irish success in Minsk

Andrew Selby negotiated his path to the last eight at the European Amateur Championships on Monday

Five British and five Irish boxers will fight for guaranteed medals on Wednesday after another successful day at the European Amateur Championships in Minsk.

Leeds light-flyweight Jack Bateson continued to impress in his first major international tournament with a unanimous points victory over Romania's Ovidiu Berceanu. And Scotland's Charlie Flynn is also through to his first major quarter-final after an equally emphatic victory over Serban Miroslav of the Czech Republic.

Bateson and Flynn join fellow Britons Andrew Selby, Sam Maxwell and Joe Joyce, who negotiated their respective paths to the last eight on Monday.

Belfast's double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes marched into the last eight of the light-flyweight division with a unanimous win over gutsy Welshman Ashley Williams.

Olympic silver medallist and bantamweight top seed John Joe Nevin is also through after impressing in a 3-0 win over Selcuk Exer of Turkey.

On a good day for Ireland, middleweight Jason Quigley and heavyweight Tommy McCarthy also moved through with points wins over Austria's Arbi Chakaev and Finland's Tomi Honka respectively.

They join Ireland team-mate and Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan, who booked his place in the bantamweight quarter-finals on Monday.

There was disappointment for Sunderland heavyweight Warren Baister, who was outpointed by Russia's Aleksei Egorov, Birmingham bantamweight Gamal Yafai, who lost a split decision to Armenian Aram Avagyan, and middleweight Antony Fowler who lost to fourth-seeded German Stefan Haertel.

Scotland pair Aston Brown and Joe Ham also bowed out with defeats to Romania's Bogdan Juratoni and Russia's Vladimir Nikitin respectively.

The only Irishman to exit on Tuesday was London Olympian Adam Nolan, who fell to a unanimous points loss in his welterweight clash with Ukrainian Boghdan Shelestyuk.

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