Three British fighters have guaranteed medals at the European Amateur Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Light-flyweight Jack Bateson from Leeds, super-heavyweight Joe Joyce from London and flyweight Andrew Selby from Wales all won on Wednesday to advance to the semi-finals and are guaranteed at least a bronze medal.

However, light-welterweight Sam Maxwell and lightweight Charlie Flynn lost in the quarter-finals.

Joining the three British fighters will be Irish duo Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan who are also through to the semi-finals. Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin and Jason Quigley are also guaranteed medals for Ireland.

Jack Bateson, who was only promoted to the GB podium two months ago, secured a unanimous points win over Ukraine's Vadym Kudryakov to ease into the semi-final. He will now face top seed David Ayrapetyan from Russia in the semi-final. Ayrapetyan won European gold in 2006 and also has Olympic and world medals on his CV.

Paddy Barnes is in Bateson's light-flyweight division and could face the Brit in the final. Barnes is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist and beat Hungary's Istvan Ungvari in the quarter-finals.

Joe Joyce, like Bateson, was only recently promoted to the podium squad after the 2012 Olympics and beat Georgia's Mikheil Bakhtidze on points.

Andrew Selby is edging towards history as he hopes to become the first British boxer to retain a European title. He breezed into the semi-final with a comfortable victory over Germany's Ronny Beblik.

Selby could face Irishman Conlan in the final after the Belfast man defeated Siarhei Loban of Belarus.

 

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