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Walker seals quarter-final berth in Russia

 

Kurt Walker was defeated in the quarter-finals of the World Championships (Soenar Chamid/Inpho)
Kurt Walker was defeated in the quarter-finals of the World Championships (Soenar Chamid/Inpho)
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Lisburn's Kurt Walker is one win away from securing a medal at the World Championships in Russia after a swashbuckling performance yesterday.

The European Games gold medallist moved into the featherweight quarter-finals after a unanimous decision over Canada's Robin Basran with the judges scoring the bout 30-27,30-27,30-27,29-28,29-28.

Walker, who defeated Basran at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last year, smoothly moved around the ring and picked off the Canadian with a series of jabs and stinging right hands throughout a dominant nine minutes.

Basran simply had no answer to Walker's ring craft and the Canadian was forced to suck up a crunching right hook in the final round of an entertaining duel.

Walker, the number six seed and last remaining Irish boxer, returns to the ring today for a last eight clash with Mongolia's number three seed Tsendbaater Erdenebat.

The 2018 Asian Games gold medallist and Rio Olympian made it through to the quarter-finals with a victory over Hungary's Roland Galos yesterday.

Though southpaw Erdenebat will start as the slight favourite, Walker has shown that he has the class to make the last four.

Meanwhile, unified lightweight champion Katie Taylor will bid to become a two-weight world champion when she faces WBO light-welterweight title holder Christina Linardatou at the Manchester Arena on November 2.

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