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Walker steps up World bid with a classy victory

 

Kurt Walker breezed into the last 16 of the World Championships in Russia yesterday with a polished performance. (stock photo)
Kurt Walker breezed into the last 16 of the World Championships in Russia yesterday with a polished performance. (stock photo)
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Kurt Walker breezed into the last 16 of the World Championships in Russia yesterday with a polished performance.

The European Games featherweight gold medallist is brimming with confidence and it showed as he took a split decision, four judges to one voting in his favour against Colombia's David Avila in Ekaterinburg - 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 27-30.

Throughout the three rounds, Lisburn man Walker peppered his opponent with sharp one-twos before slipping out of range. Good work to the body also stood out as Walker demonstrated why he is a genuine medal contender.

The Canal ABC man will now look ahead to tomorrow's clash with Canada's Robin Basran.

Fellow Antrim boxer Aidan Walsh will be aiming to join him in the last 16 when he faces England's Pat McCormack in their welterweight bout.

Walsh impressed in his opening victory but now faces a real acid test when he tangles with McCormack, the No.2 seed at the Championships.

In the pro ranks, Belfast's Caoimhin Agyarko took his unbeaten record to five when he stopped Nelson Altamirano in the third round in the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday night.

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