Ireland’s Aidan Walsh withdraws from boxing semi-final due to injury; wins bronze

Ireland boxer Aidan Walsh will take home bronze after withdrawal as opponent Great Britain’s Pat McCormack heads to final 

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Boxer Aidan Walsh of Ireland has been forced to withdraw from the welterweight semi-final against Great Britain’s Pat McCormack due to injury.

The Belfast fighter left the boxing stadium in a wheelchair following his quarter-final victory over Merven Clair of Mauritius.

After he was won the fight, Walsh leapt in the air in celebration. He landed awkwardly and suffered what was described as a "slight ankle injury".

There were doubts about whether he would be fit for what would have been the biggest fight of his career, but his camp said they were confident that he would face McCormack.

However, the injury did not improve and, following scans and medical reviews, the decision has been made by Walsh in conjunction with Team Ireland medical staff.

In an official announcement, the Olympic Federation of Ireland said: "The decision has been made to withdraw Aidan Walsh from the semi-final of the Men’s Welterweight competition at the Olympic Games.

“The Belfast boxer was due to fight in Sunday’s semi-final against Pat McCormack (GB), but due to an ankle injury sustained during his quarter-final bout with Mervin Clair (MRI), the decision to withdraw him was made in conjunction with his medical team.

“Walsh had initially hoped to compete and waited to give himself every opportunity to do so. However subsequent scans and medical reviews have now ruled out this possibility.

“He will still take home his bronze medal which he won in the quarter-final bout, becoming the sixteenth boxer to bring home a medal from the Olympic Games.

“The tally of Olympic boxing medals now stands at 17, more than 50% of the overall medals won by Team Ireland at Olympic Games.

McCormack will now face either ROC’s Andrey Zamkovoy or Roniel Iglesias of Cuba in the final.

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