Elite champion Kurt Walker, Steven Ward and Garry McKenna impressed on Day 1 of a multi-nations tournament in Rostov, Russia yesterday, with all three Ulster aces beating Russian opponents.
Elite finalist Connor Wallace and Aiden Walsh dropped close split decisions to Russia and Azerbaijan. Walsh boxed very well in his first senior fight without headgear, according to coach John Conlan.
Walker, meantime, put in a big performed less than a week after claiming his second Elite belt, and Ward TKO’d his opponent. McKenna boxed exceptionally from distance.
All three will be in semi-final action today, along with 2015 Elite finalist TJ Waite.
The Ulster squad are due to arrive home on December 21st. Teams from Russia, Ulster, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan and Ukraine are competing in Rostov.
December 18th S/Finals
52kg TJ Waite v Ukraine
56kg Kurt walker v Russia
60kg Gary McKenna v Russia
91kg Stevie ward v Russia
52kg TJ Waite (Ormeau Road)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
60kg Gary McKenna (Old School)
64kg Aiden Walsh (Holy Family)
75kg Conor Wallace (St Monica’s)
91kg Steven Ward (Monkstown