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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.”

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