O'Neil through to the Semi's with a flawless performance.
Live Boxing: Barnes & O'Neill into Moscow final
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:56
Paddy Barnes and Darren O'Neill are through to the final of the European Championships, but Tyrone McCullagh and Eric Donovan are out as the semi-finals continue in Moscow. Keep up to date with all the action with our live text commentary.
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12.55 Well that was a bit too easy for a European semi-final but maybe O'Neill deserved an easy fight after the tough draw that he has come through. Then again, O'Neill made it look easy as the Bulgarian threw lots of punches, but a flawless defensive display combined with some accurate punching saw the Kilkenny man comfortably into the final.
Round 3: 6-0 Again Manev starts with a bit of agression but O'Neill is seeing everything and the Bulgarian is looking frustrated as he trys to break down the Kilkenny man. O'Neill is putting in a class performace and lands a point to go five up. This is a stroll for O'Neill and puts another on the board for a 6-0 win.
Round 2: 4-0 A bit more from the Bulgarian to start but O'Neill keeps out of harm's way. Still looking totally composed, looking a bit like Andy Lee in his tall stance leading with the right. O'Neill picks off another two points and looking very comfortable seeing every punch coming and defending with ease.
Round 1: 2-0 O'Neill the taller of the two trying to use his long reach. the Bulgarian is keeping a very low defence with his head down as O'Neill keeps his distance trying to pick him off, which he does, twice to take an early lead. Nothing from this Bulgarian yet. O'Neill looks totally in control.
12.40 Darren O'Neill is about to go head to head with Bulgaria's Mladen Manev in the semi-final of the 75kg middleweight category. O'Neill is sporting a tasty looking shiner. Here we go, O'Neill in all red.
12.30 Darren O'Neill is next up for the Irish and will be fighting shortly. O'Neill faces a very tricky appointment so will have to be at his best to advance and join Paddy Barnes in the finals.