Offaly boxer bows out of European Championships at quarter-final stage

Grainne Walsh loses to experienced Russian on split decision

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Grainne Walsh in action. Pic Adrian Melia

Grainne Walsh in action. Pic Adrian Melia

Offaly boxer Grainne Walsh has bowed out of the European Elite Women's Boxing Championships in Bulgaria at the quarter-final stage after a heartbreaking loss to Russia's Saadat Abdulaeva.

Grainne, who is a member of Spartacus Boxing Club in Tullamore, put in a superb performance and only lost out on a split decision in the 69kg division against her experienced opponent.

In the quarter-finals she recorded an impressive win stopping Serbian Marija Petkovic in the third round.

Cork middleweight Christina Desmond defeated Russia’s Oksana Trofimova to secure her place in Tuesday’s semi-finals and guarantee Ireland a medal