Boxer Kurt Walker has claimed Ireland's first gold medal at the European Games after beating Mykola Butsenko of Ukraine in the bantamweight final. 

The 24-year-old from Lisburn had beaten top seed Peter McGrail of Britain on a split decision in semi-final and won the fight on a unanimous decision over southpaw Butsenko, who was the second seed. 

Team Ireland finished their boxing campaign with three bronze, two silver, and a gold. 

Earlier, light -60kg finalist Kellie Harrington was forced to withdraw from her fight due to injury. 

Walker was on form from the off, landing some hard, clean punches from early on and managing to keep his composure in the face of some pressure from the Ukrainian.

The Antrim man continued to dominate though as the rounds ticked on, and stormed home to an unforgettable unanimous decision.

"It's absolutely unbelievable," said Walker. 

"I actually can't describe how good I feel. The game plan, everything was perfect. I want to thank the coaches, the backroom staff, everyone for it. 

"It's the best moment in my life, 100 per cent, by a mile."

"He was very tough, he's been about. This was his third European final so he’s very experienced and he kept coming and coming, so I’m just glad I was able to fight through it.

"Two years ago in the European Championships he beat me in the semis 5-0 and it just shows I’ve grown so much as a boxer and a man in the last two years."