Kurt Walker rounded off a brilliant afternoon for Irish boxing in style as he continued Ireland quarter final winning run going.
Ireland have now won five of their last five European Games last eight contests and are guaranteed at least FIVE bronze medals in the Olympic style contest.
The Canal BC fighter joined light fly Regan Buckley, middleweight Michael Nevin, featherweight Michaela Walsh and welterweight Grainne Walsh on the winners podium in Minsk with victory in the afternoon session.
The fourth seed reached the semi final stage and secured himself a bronze with victory over Samuel Kistohurry of France in the bantamweight division.
The European bronze and Commonwealth Games silver medal winner registered a unanimous victory over the reverted professional.
The victory means boxing now accounts for five of Ireland’s six 2019 European Games medals.
It also ensures the Irish boxing team beat there 2015 tally of four medals. Katie Taylor, Jow Ward, Sean McComb and Brendan Irvine all medalled in the inaugural Games.
Walker like his fellow bronze medalists will be hopeful of improving on the bronze when he fights in the semi finals.
Ireland could add to the medal tally in the evening session as reigning world champion Kellie Harrington and Aoife O’Rourke take to the ring tonight. Harrington takes on Irma Testa of Italy while O’Rourke faces Lauren Price of Team GB.
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monsktown A)
60kg Kellie Harrington (St Marys)
69kg Gráinne Walsh (Spartacus)
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Castlerea)
49kg Regan Buckley (St Teresa’s) (Bronze, at least)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
64kg James McGivern (St George’s)
69kg Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise) (Bronze, at least)
91kg Tony Browne (St Michael’s Dublin)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)
Team manager: Bernard Dunne
Coaches: Zaur Antia, John Conlan, Dmitry Dimitruk