Defeat for Walsh in Baku

Belfast bantamweight Michaela Walsh has lost her Last 16 bout at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Up against three-time World Championships medalist, Elena Savelyeva, Walsh was outpointed over the four rounds by her experienced Russian opponent with the scorecards reading 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.

While the confident 22 year old from Holy Family GG will be disappointed by the result – she will aim to get over this setback by qualifying for Rio 2016 via the World Championships in Kazakhstan next year.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie