Belfast’s Aidan Walsh secured Team Ireland’s third medal of the game and our first boxing medal since London 2012 with a confident display in his quarter final bout.
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Walsh’s post fight interview with RTÉ revealed the fight went perfectly to plan. He started brightly against Merven Clair of Mauritius and all 5 judges gave him the opening round. The second was a little tighter but Walsh went into the final round knowing he only needed to avoid disaster to win.
He showcased his trademark elusiveness and came out of the fight without a mark and a 4-1 victory.
He’ll fight GB’s number one seed Pat McCormack in the semi final. McCormack has the upper hand on Walsh in recent bouts between them but Walsh has never looked better and has secured himself an Olympic medal.
Earlier in the session Dubliner Kellie Harrington finally opened her middleweight campaign with a comfortable win over Italy’s Rebecca Nicoli. The top seed was in control throughout and won by unanimous verdict of the judges.
Harrington will face Imane Khelif of Algeria on Tuesday morning looking to join Aidan Walsh on the medal winners list.
Next up for the boxing team is Kurt Walker who fights at 3:30 (Irish time) on Sunday against the dangerous Duke Ragan from the USA. A win for Walker would secure him a medal.