Donall Farmer/INPHO Sean McComb (file pic).
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Ireland's Sean McComb secures stunning upset over world number one at Europeans
There was also good news today for Belfast flyweight Brendan Irvine.

IRELAND’S SEAN MCCOMB pulled off a stunning upset at the European Championships in Kharkiv, Ukraine today.

The 24-year-old Belfast-born light-welterweight defeated world number one Vitaly Dunaytsev of Russia on a split decision after three rounds to secure his place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The win earns McComb a spot at the World Championships in Germany this August, while he will be guaranteed a medal should he defeat England’s Luke McCormack in his next fight.

It is the second time McComb has beaten Dunaytsev, having also overcome the Russian star via split decision in the National Stadium in Dublin last April.

In addition, Belfast flyweight Brendan Irvine also earned a place in the last eight after overcoming Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci in a unanimous decision this afternoon.

Like McComb, Irvine will be guaranteed a medal if he beats Gabriel Escobar of Spain in the next round.

However, there was less positive news for another Irish fighter, who exited the competition at the last-16 stage earlier today, with Viktor Vykhryst proving too good for Tipperary-born super-heavyweight Dean Gardiner.

The fight was stopped in the second round, after a powerful display from the Ukrainian fighter.

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