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Bad day for the Irish at European Championships

There was heartbreak for Joe Ward while Michael Conlan’s win was the only positive in Minsk this afternoon.

Ward receives treatment.
Ward receives treatment.

DEFENDING LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT champion Joe Ward has been forced to pull out of the European Championships with an injury.

The Westmeath boxer, who controversially missed out on London 2012, went into the competition ranked number 1 seed and took on Poland’s Mateusz Tryc at the Palace of Sport in in Minsk, Belarus, this afternoon.

Ward was ahead against his opponent when, with 20 seconds remaining in the third round, he slipped and twisted his knee meaning Tryc goes through on a TKO injury.

Overall, it was a bad day for the Irish – Ray Moylette, fighting in the light-welghterweight division, was beaten by Husseyin Karslioglu while Con Sheehan also lost out.

Michael Conlan had some joy however, as he booked a place in the next round with a unanimous decision victory over Narek Abgarya of Armenia.

Ward and Tryc. Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Ward falls. Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The scores for Ward’s fight. Credit: Twitter/Sean McComb

Conlan’s arm is raised. Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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