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Our Michaela Walsh off to positive start in European mission

 

By David Kelly

Belfast's Michaela Walsh made a very encouraging start to her campaign at the European Elite Championships in Bulgaria yesterday.

Walsh, a silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games in April, is hunting more hardware with two more victories securing at least a featherweight bronze on the back of her victory over England's gritty Karriss Artingstall in Sofia.

Artingstall, of the Royal Air Force, put up some good resistance but Walsh always looked like she had that little bit more class in her throughout the bout.

An EU gold medallist last year, Monkstown ABC woman Walsh edged the first round with a late burst following a cagey opening. Artingstall sought to engage more in the second round and had some success but generally Walsh remained out of range and countered quite effectively to Artingstall's body and head.

Artingstall clearly knew she was behind and came out full of fire at the start of the third to turn things around.

The two women went toe-to-toe for a great deal of the round and Walsh was able to get the better of the action whether at close quarters or when she went on the back foot.

Walsh returns to the ring for a last 16 bout against Alessia Mesiano of Italy.

Kelly Harrington and Grainne Walsh are next up for Ireland, competing in the last 16 tomorrow.

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