Ireland's Ray Moylette with his gold medal after winning his Men's 64Kg final against Thomas Stalker of England. INPHO/Cathal Noonan
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Golden boys: Moylette and Ward win top Euro honours for Ireland

Mayo man cruised to victory over Liverpool native Thomas Stalker in Ankara before Ward made it two golds for Irish.

Updated 5.39pm

IRELAND’S BOXERS HAVE again delivered on the international stage.

Ray Moylette and Joe Ward won their respective finals at the European Championships in Turkey earlier.

First Moylette sealed a gold medal, beating  England’s Thomas Stalker with a very convincing display. He eventually ran out the 18-10 victor. The judges scored the rounds: 5-5, 7-3, 6-2 in favour of the at St Anne’s BC Westport light-welterweight.

Subsequently, Joe Ward belied his 17 years with a mature performance again Russian Nikita Ivanov. Ward won out, 20-12.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has congratulated the pair. “This is an outstanding achievement,” she said, “I am delighted for Ray Moylette and his family who I have known for many years and I have followed Ray’s progress in boxing since he was a child. I sent him a text after the semi-final telling him to believe in himself and that he would finish the job if he did.

“His European gold is a wonderful achievement and makes him a proven contender for a shot at an Olympic title.

“I wish him and Joe Ward every success in the future. Joe’s grit and determination led him to a decisive victory at his first major championship as a senior international boxer and his great win heralds a very bright future. I would also like to pay tribute to the Irish boxing authorities who have achieved a standard of excellence in recent years which is shown in the many medals won at European, World and Olympic level. Irish boxing continues to punch above its weight and is a credit to all,” he added.

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