Michael Conlan eased to within one win of claiming at least a bronze medal at the AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships following an emphatic victory in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Monday.
The Belfast stylist, who has moved up from flyweight to bantamweight for these championships in Central Asia, recorded a shut out unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27) victory over Mexico’s Brian Gonzalez.
Conlan, the No.2 seed, will now meet Russia’s No.10 seed Vladimir Nikitin in the last-eighton Wednesday.
If Conlan wins that clash, Ireland will have claimed three successive World Championships bronze medals (at least) in the bantamweight class over the last four years (John Joe Nevin, who beat Nikitin en route to gold at the 2013 European Championships, won double bronze at the 2011 and 2009 World Championships).
Jason Quigley completed a good morning for Irish boxing after scoring a unanimous 30-27,30-27,29-28 decision over Scotland’s Aston Brown in the middleweight class.
The Donegal man, the No. 5 seed in Almaty, will now meet Hungary’s No. 4 seed Zoltan Harsca in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Tommy McCarthy completed a hat-trick of victories for Team Ireland with a unanimous decision over Germany’s No. 7 seed Emir Ahmatovic.
It was tight and it was tough, but the Belfast heavyweight carried two of the three judges with him through every round en route to a 29-28,29-28,29-28 decision.
No.2 seed, Yamil Peralta of Argentina, awaits the Oliver Plunkett BC ace in the last-eighton Wednesday.
Paddy Barnes, Sean McComb and Joe Ward will be in action Tuesday in Almaty.
AIBA Quote of the session:-
“I changed my game plan and started hitting him with some good shots. He smiled at me, and that is when I knew I was hurting him” – Jason Quigley (Ireland) on his win over Aston Brown of Scotland
AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships Almaty, Kazakhstan
56kg Michael Conlan (Ireland) beat Brian Gonzalez (Mexico) 3-0
75kg Jason Quigley (Ireland) beat Aston Brown (Scotland) 3-0
91kg Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) beat Emir Ahmatovic (Germany) 3-0
52kg Paddy Barnes (Ireland) v Simon Nzioki (Kenya) 9:45am
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Elvin Isayev (Azerbaijan) 10:30am
81kg Joe Ward (Ireland) v Norbert Harsca (Hungary) 2pm
56kg Michael Conlan (Ireland) v Vladimir Nikitin (Russia)
75kg Jason Quigley (Ireland) v Zoltan Harsca (Hungary)
91kg Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) v Yamil Peralta (Argentina)