Kellie Harrington, right, is one of seven Irish boxers into the semi-final of the European Women's Boxing Championships ©IBA

Ireland are guaranteed to win at least seven medals at the European Women's Boxing Championships in Montenegro after Kellie Harrington and Caitlin Fryers secured quarter-final victories.

Fryers is assured of bronze as she scraped through her bout with Bulgaria's Zlatislava Chukanova in Budva, taking a 3-2 points win in the under-50-kilograms category fight.

It is the Belfast boxer's first major senior international medal and she was good value for it too.

Both came out swinging in the first round but it was Fryers who was ruled to have the edge in the opener.

Chukanova then went all out in the second in an attempt to regain the judges' favour but Fryers cleverly dodged several strikes and consistently found the mark when carefully choosing her attacks.

The final round was then just a case of staying out of trouble as she drained the clock down for the triumph.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion Harrington then secured the sixth Irish medal as she was also triumphant with a 3-2 split decision over England's Shona Whitwell in the under-60kg lightweight division.

Earlier on, Aoife O'Rourke beat Turkey's Isildar Busra 4-1 to join Commonwealth Games champion Michaela Walsh, Amy Broadhurst, Shannon Sweeney and Tina Desmond in reaching the semi-finals.

The losers of the semi-finals will be awarded bronze, while winners are guaranteed either gold or silver as they advance to the deciding bout.

Welterweight Kaci Rock of Ireland missed out on a podium place as she was trounced 5-0 by Germany's Stefanie von Berge on points.

The Irish success means that they are currently leading the provisional medals table while Ukraine follow close behind on six and Italy have five.

Competition is set to continue tomorrow with Sweeney opening the action against Sevda Asenova of Bulgaria in the first under-48kg semi-final.