Update 6pm: Joe Ward has powered his way to a third European medal, adding to earlier successes by Brendan Irvine and Kurt Walker, writes Stephen Barry.
Ward, a European champion in 2011 and 2015, eased past Scotland’s Sean Lazzerini to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal.
The light-heavyweight drew blood from Lazzerini’s nose in the first round and eased to a 5-0 unanimous decision.
All five judges gave every round to Ward, with one even marking it 30:24 in the Moate-man’s favour, such was his dominance.
Ward will be joined in the semi-finals by Irvine and Walker, with Sean McComb the only Irish boxer to lose in today’s quarter-finals. “Some things never change” is how he greeted his exit on a tight judges’ decision.
Update 4.40pm: Brendan Irvine has made it a pair of guaranteed medals for Ireland, following Kurt Walker’s victory at the European Boxing Championships.
The flyweight won a unanimous verdict against the industrious Gabriel Escobar of Spain.
Irvine took all three rounds in the eyes of two judges, with the three others awarding him a 29:28 decision.
The Belfast boxer will add at least a bronze medal to his European Games silver from 2015.
Ireland’s only double European gold medallist Joe Ward will be the final Irish boxer in the ring today.
Original story: Kurt Walker has secured Ireland’s first medal from the European Boxing Championships in the Ukraine, writes Stephen Barry.
The three-time national champion from Antrim guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal with a split decision victory over Raffaele Di Serio.
The Italian bantamweight had the better of the first round but Walker convinced the judges in rounds two and three to earn a 3-1 victory, with the fifth judge calling it a tie.
Sean McComb, who beat the world number one Vitaly Dunaytsev on Monday, lost a close split decision to England's Luke McCormack.
The Belfast light-welterweight lost 3-2, with two judges awarding McComb all three rounds, but the other three giving McCormack a narrow 29-28 decision.
McComb has already qualified for the World Championships thanks to his performances earlier this week.
Brendan Irvine and Joe Ward will be in quarter-final action later this afternoon.