Aidan Walsh bowed out of the World Elites at the last 32 stages to England’s current European champion Pat McCormack in Ekaterinburg, Russia today.
But the Antrim welter won plenty of plaudits for his skilful and gutsy performance against the No. 2 seed.
Sunderland-born McCormack earned a 3-2 split decision – 29-28,29-28,29-28 for and 30-27,29-28 against – with one judge giving the Irishman all three rounds.
Walsh found the target with plenty of clean shots, particularly in rounds two and three. in a repeat of the 2018 Commonwealth final which McCormack, who worked hard throughout today’s bout, won in Australia.
Walsh, who won on his World debut versus Miroslav Kapuler-Cishchenko of Israel last Friday, sportingly congratulated McCormack after the decision was called.
Big performance from the Monkstown BC man who needed just one more judge to lean toward the red corner to take out one of the favourites in the 69kg class in a fight which could have gone either way.
Michael Nevin is in action at approximately 3.15pm (Irish time) today versus Russia for a place in the quarter-finals.