Lasha Guruli is one of the top boxers into the finals at the European Boxing Championships ©IBA

The gold medal matches have been confirmed for the European Men's Boxing Championships in Yerevan, following the conclusion of 26 semi-final qualifiers today.

Among them were world bronze medallists Billal Bennama of France and Georgia's Lasha Guruli.

Bennama was a unanimous victor over Manuel Cappai of Italy in the under-54 kilogram category, meaning he is to face Ireland's Dylan Eagleson, who won by the same score over Daniel Asenov from Bulgaria.

Guruli defeated Ioan Croft from Wales in the under-67kg to set up a final against Serbian Vakhid Abbasov, the winner against Moldova's Alexandru Paraschiv.

Four Georgians qualified from the afternoon session - with Sakhil Alakhverdovi being the lightest of them all at under-48kg following a unanimous win over Poland's Jakub Slominski.

Ergynaul Sebahtin from Bulgaria is to join him, having defeated Leonardo Esposito of Italy convincingly.

Artyush Gomtsyan is to face Jose Quiles from Spain in the under-60kg final after their respective victories over Hungary's Roland Veres and Iurii Shestak of Ukraine, while Georgii Kushivashvili won at under-86kg over Paul Andrei Aradoaie of Romania by unanimous decision.

His opponent in the final is regional rival Rafayel Hovhannisyan of the hosts Armenia, who defeated Tomasz Niedzwiecki of Poland.

One of the key match-ups came in the under-75kg semi-finals, where Lewis Richardson from England defeated his Scottish opponent Sam Hickey by a 4-1 split decision.

"A European final is what dreams are made of," said Richardson to GB Boxing.

"I'm buzzing and I'm more than ready.

"I've been performing great in this tournament, and it was another tough one today. 

"I have so much respect for Sam. 

"He's a great boxer, a great opponent and I'm pleased for him that he’s also got a medal because he deserves it."

His opponent in the final is Ireland's Gabriel Dossen, who defeated Italian Salvatore Cavallaro by the same score.

Going one better, the under-71kg final will be an all-British affair between Harris Akbar of England and Garan Croft of Wales who defeated Yurii Zakharieiev of Ukraine and Germany's Magomed Schachidov respectively.

Nelvie Tiafack defeated England's Delicious Orie unanimously for a spot in the over-92kg final, setting up a bout against Ayoub El Aissaoui of Spain, who defeated Ahmed Hagag of Austria.

Two more Armenians progressed to finals - Artur Bazeyan and Hovhannes Bachkov - in the under-57kg and under-63.5kg respectively.

Bazeyan snuck through by the skin of his teeth by a 3-2 split over Javier Ibanez Diaz of Bulgaria, setting up a fight for gold with Belgian Vasile Usturoi, the unanimous victor over Italian Michele Baldassi.

Bachkov defeated Hungary's Richard Kovacs unanimously and is now to take on Lounes Hamraoui of France who won 4-1 over Adrian Thiam Creus of Spain.

England's Kiaran MacDonald's 3-2 split decision win over Italy's Federico Serra means he is to take on Martina Molina of Spain in the under-51kg final, who won by the same margin over Ukrainian Dmytro Zamotaev.

Agejev Artjom of Serbia defeated Luka Plantic of Croatia and Alfred Cromwell Commey of Italy won against Ukraine's Ivan Sapun in the under-80kg semi-finals.

Finally, Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine of Italy won by unanimous decision in the under-92kg semi-finals against England's Lewis Williams, meaning he is next in action against Enmanuel Reyes Pla from Spain, who defeated home favourite Narek Manasyan of Armenia in the final fight of the night.