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Sean McComb gets Ireland off to winning start at European Championships

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Sean McComb got Ireland off to a winning start this evening at the European Championships in Kharkiv.

The Belfast light welter was the first Irishman through the ropes in Ukraine in the Round of 32.

The Holy Trinity man comfortably defeated Czech boxer Erik Agateljan this evening.

Now just two wins from a medal and one win from qualifying for the World Championships, McComb faces Russian number one seed and reigning world champion Vitaly Dunaytsev in the last 16 on Monday.

McComb recently defeated the same opponent at the international round robin in Dublin.

The top eight boxers in each weight qualify for Hamburg, while the boxer defeated by the champion in the Last 16 by the champion will also qualify should a German reach the quarter finals.

Kurt Walker and Rio Olympian Steven Donnelly are in action tomorrow.

European Elite Men’s Championships Kharkiv, Ukraine June 14th/25th

June 16th
(Last 32)
64kg Sean McComb (Ireland) beat Erik Agateljan (Czech Republic)

Jun 17th:
Last 32
56kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Severiane Childaze (Georgia)
69kg Steven Donnelly (Ireland) v Sergei Sobylinski (Russia)

Jun 18th
Last 32
60kg Pat Mongan (Ireland) v Artur Bril (Germany)
75kg Emmett Brennan (Ireland) v Bartosz Golebiewski (Poland)

June 19th
Last 16
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) v Bathuhan Citfci (Turkey)
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Vitaly Dunaystev (Russia)
91kg+ Dean Gardiner (Ireland) v Viktor Vykhryst (Ukraine)

June 20th
Last 16
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Matus Strnisko (Slovakia) or Bou Diabra (France)
91kg Darren O’Neill (Ireland) v Ramazazaqn Musilimov (Ukraine) or Pawel Jakubowski (Poland)

Irish squad
52kg – Flyweight – Brendan Irvine (St Pauls)
56kg – Bantamweight – Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg – Lightweight – Patrick Mongan (Olympic)
64kg – Light-welter – Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
69kg – Welterweight – Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
75kg – Middleweight – Emmett Brennan (Glasnevin)
81kg – Light-heavy – Joe Ward (Moate)
91kg – Heavyweight – Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
91+kg – Super-heavy – Dean Gardiner (Clonmel)

High-Performance Director/Head of Delegation: Bernard Dunne
Head Coach: Zaur Antia
Coaches: Dmitry Dimitruc, Jimmy Payne, Eoin Pluck
Physio: Seamus Caffrey
Doctor: Jim Clover
Strength & Conditioning: John Cleary
Performance Analysis: Alan Swanton

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography

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Joe O'Neill

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