Boxing: Ryan Burnett puts his name in the frame for youth gold
Belfast's Ryan Burnett will shoot for gold at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore.
Light-flyweight Burnett, from the Holy Family club, secured at least a silver medal when he defeated classy Zohidion Hoorboyev of Uzbekistan 2-1 at the International Convention Centre yesterday.
The win sets up Wednesday's 48kg final with Salman Alizida of Azerbaijan, a repeat of last May's AIBA World Youth final which Alizida won 9-4 in Baku.
Burnett, 18, worked very impressively to body and head and it was his clinical right hand which did most of the damage.
“I'm thrilled with the win,” said Burnett. “It was a tough bout and I had to keep my concentration all the way through it. I'm looking forward to the final now and I can't wait to get in the ring for that.”
Irish coach Jim Moore added: “We're delighted with the win. Ryan gave a very controlled performance and kept a tight defence which was vital.
“He won 12-0 in his first bout here and now we're all looking forward to the final. It will be another big day for Irish amateur boxing.”