Brendan Irvine claims final spot after beating Ukrainian

Belfast fighter Brendan Irvine is through to the final
Belfast fighter Brendan Irvine is through to the final

Brendan Irvine - the youngest member of the Irish boxing squad at the inaugural European Games - continues to set the pace for Team Ireland in Baku.

Irvine guaranteed Ireland at least silver after a thrilling win on Wednesday.

Irvine beat Ukrainian light-fly Dmytro Zamotayev on a unanimous decision in a high-quality thriller to claim his place in the final.

Olympic champion Katie Taylor will meet Yana Alekeevna of Azerbaijan in Thursday’s 60kg final.

The five-time AIBA World Elite gold medallist had way too much experience and ring craft for a spirited but outclassed Ida Lundblad of Sweden.

Michael O’Reilly is also assured of at least bronze. The Portlaoise BC middleweight took all three judges with him in all three frames today against Slovenia’s Alijaz Venko in the middleweight class.

Darren O’Neill can consider himself very unlucky not to have added at least a bronze medal to his collection as the Irish skipper lost to rugged Ukrainian heavy Gevorg Manukian who took a very slim decision.