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The job's not done yet: Michaela Walsh targets gold after securing a medal at European Games

Michaela Walsh
Michaela Walsh

Belfast boxer Michaela Walsh says she won't be satisfied to leave with a bronze medal from the European Games.

The 26-year-old beat the reigning world champion Ornella Wahner on a 4-1 split decision to seal a semi-final spot and with it a medal finish.

Walsh, who won European gold at bantamweight in 2017 and bronze at featherweight last year, is now two fights away from the title and she says that's where her focus is fixed.

"I'm proud but I'm not satisfied," she told BBC. "My aim is a gold medal. The job's not done yet."

Walsh and Ornella had fought at the 2011 World Youth Championships, when the German came out on top.

Walsh says that defeat was on her mind as she got her revenge seven years on.

"She beat me by a point and stole my dream of becoming a youth world champion but I wasn’t going to let her steal my dream of becoming European Games champion," she said.

"I visualised myself winning, stuck to the gameplan and thankfully I'm through to the next stage now.

"I was a bit surprised by the harsh split (decision) but that's the current world champion and I've just dethroned her.

"I tried to stick to my tactics because my coaches came up with a brilliant game plan, I feel I'm just getting better fight by fight. I've had a tough draw but it will make winning the gold medal all the more worth it."

Lisurn's Kurt Walker will aim to add to Walsh's medal when he fights in his quarter final.

Regan Buckley and Michael Nevin have already secured medals for Ireland

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