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Bolger is aiming to ruin Walsh's Euro medal bid

 

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Michaela Walsh
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Germany's Wexford-born coach Eddie Bolger will be out to deny Belfast woman Michaela Walsh a medal at the European Games in Minsk tomorrow.

Bolger will be in the corner of world champion Ornella Wahner, who faces Walsh in the quarter-finals with the winner securing at least a bronze medal.

Walsh set up the exciting last-eight clash after a convincing 4-1 majority decision over Romanian Lenuta Perijoc yesterday on a day when fellow Ulster boxer Kurt Walker also sparkled at bantamweight.

Former Irish coach Bolger said: "Michaela is a serious operator and she's always hungry. I'll be 100% in Germany's corner because that's the best way to pay respect.

"Ornella and Michaela have met a few times in the past and I'm expecting a close fight."

Commonwealth Games silver medallist and EU champion Walker came through tough moments to overcome Armenian Zhirayr Saeqsyan, who came into the bout having knocked out Romanian European Under-22 champion Robert Jitaru.

Walker found the target with good body shots, which caught the eyes of the judges who gave him a 4-1 decision and he is now also one win away from a medal.

Walker said: "He was very, very good, better than expected and it was his type of fight. I felt a bit rusty but it will stick by me in the quarter-final bout."

Grainne Walsh also moved to within one win of a medal. The Tullamore boxer defeated Team GB's World Championship silver medallist Rossie Eccles.

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