Michael Conlan marches on at European Championships in Bulgaria

Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan

Michael Conlan is guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the European Championships in Bulgaria.

The Belfast amateur saw off Frederick Jensen in Wednesday’s quarter-finals after a three round masterclass against his rival.

The number one seed was rarely troubled by his awkward southpaw opponent and coasted to a unanimous decision win and at least a bronze medal.

The Belfast bantamweight began the first round in the southpaw stance and controlled the opening round with his jab.

Conlan began to throw bigger shots in the second, scoring some lovely leads and counters, but the Dane was always a threat – more so with his head than his fists.

Jensen flew out of the blocks in the final round, but Conlan was a more-than-able matador, evading most and countering with cleaner shots.

Jensen went down twice during the round, both were ruled as slips although the first may have come from a punch from the Olympic bronze medalist.

It was a great performance from Conlan and he can now look forward to a semi-final clash on Friday against Francesco Maietta (Italy).

And Wexford’s Dean Walsh also won his quarter final.,

Walsh has now guaranteed himself a first major international medal at the third time of asking - having been on the wrong end of controversial decisions at the 2014 EUs and 2015 Euro Games.

But this timeWalsh was not to be denied again and he beat Georgian Nyeki of Hungary in a close bout.