Ward joins Moylette in finals

June 23, 2011
AIBA World Youth champ Joe Ward joined Ray Moylette in Friday’s European Championships finals following a comprehensive win over Hungarian Imre Szello in Ankara, Turkey this afternoon.
The 17-year-old Moate BC (Westmeath) light-heavyweight claimed an 18-8 victory over the 28-year-old
Round scoring
R1: 4-2
R2: 11-4
R3: 18-8

Earlier……….Ray Moylette was also guaranteed at least a silver medal at the European Championships in Ankara, Turkey following a hard-fought victory over Hajiliyev Heybatulla of Azerbaijan today.

The St Anne’s BC Westport light-welterweight, a gold medal winner at the 2008 AIBA World Youth Championships in Mexico, beat Heybatulla 18-16.

An extremely close duel saw both boxers share the first round 4-4 and the second 9-9 before Moylette, who was landing most of the cleaner shots throughout, claimed the final round and victory.

Coach Billy Walsh said ” this was one of the best performances at a major championship, his technique, defence and movement was superb”

(Picture: 2001 European finalist Ray Moylette (red) get’s off the canvas in today’s semi-final  in acrobatic fashion after a slip)

Ray will now meet England’s Thomas Stalker in Friday’s final. Liverpool native Stalker. a silver medal winner at the 2010 European Championships and the current Commonwealth champion, received a walkover over Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre today.

Both 21-year-old Moylette and Stalker have moved up one notch from lightweight to light-welterweight in the last two years.

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