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.