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Michael Conlan claims gold medal in Warsaw

Updated: Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 00:32 | Comments

Michael Conlan won on a unanimous points decision
Michael Conlan won on a unanimous points decision

Belfast bantamweight Michael Conlan claimed gold at the Feliks Stamm Memorial in Warsaw, Poland today.

Conlan, a bronze medallist at the London Olympics, beat Poland’s Sylwester Kozlowski on a unanimous decision to finish on top of the 56kg podium.

Elsewhere, Tipperary super-heavy Dean Gardiner has to settle for silver after losing out to Cam Awesome of the USA on a unanimous decision in the 91kg + plus final.

Gardiner received a public warning for holding in the second round of his three-rounder against Awesome, who was presented with the Best Boxer Award.

Overall, Ireland will be taking home one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, courtesy of top-four finishes for Dean Walsh and David Oliver Joyce.

“We’re happy enough with the performances. Michael had three tough fights to win the gold. He beat a Kazakh and a Russian and a Polish lad on his home patch,” said Irish head coach Billy Walsh.

Meanwhile, former Irish Elite champion Hughie Myers progressed to Sunday’s Gee Bee Multi Nations final after earning a unanimous decision over Finnish light-fly Muhammed Ibrahim in Helsinki, Finland today.

He’ll meet Wales’ Ashley William in Sunday’s 49kg decider.

Kurt Walker lost out on a unanimous decision in today’s bantamweight semi-final to Kazakhstan’s Kanat Eralijev in Helsinki.

The Irish Feliks Stamm squad are due home from Warsaw via Dublin Airport tomorrow at 1pm.

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