Ward and Moylette into European Finals

IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill

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 Hungarian.

Ward will now meet Nikita Ivanov in Friday’s final.

Meanwhile, Ward and Moylette have sparred with Ivanov and Stalker in training camps in Russia and Sheffield this year.

Friday’s finals are scheduled to begin at 2pm according to the offical draw sheets.

Earlier today, Ray Moylette guaranteed himself at least a silver medal following a hard-fought victory over Hajiliyev Heybatulla of Azerbaijan today.

2001 European finalist Ray Moylette (red) get’s off the canvas in today’s semi-final – the acrobatic way- after a slipThe 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.

He’ll 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.

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