Keylan Cassidy advanced at the World Elites in Belgrade, Serbia tonight.

The Irshi light heavyweight beat Tajikistan’s Shabbas Negmatulloev on a unanimous decision to book his ticket into the quarter-finals.

Cassidy lost the first round 3-2 but won rounds two and three 4-1 to progress after what Dom O’Rourke, President of the IABA, described as a special performance.

He’ll now meet and opponent to be confirmed tomorrow just one win away from at least bronze at the 105-nation tournament.

The Irish champion has won two fights so far.

IBA World Elite Championships Belgrade Serbia

October 25th (Last 64)

67kh Eugene McKeever (Ireland) lost to Asadhuja Muydinkhajaev (Uzbekistan) 0-5

October 26th (Last 32)

51kg Sean Mari (Ireland) lost to Aitila Bernath (Hungary) 1-4

Last 64

63kg Brandon McCarthy (Ireland) lost to Gianluligi Malanga (Italy) 0-5

October 27th (Last 64)

60kg JP Hale (Ireland) lost to Semiz Alicic (Serbia) 0-5

October 28th (Last 32)

57kg Adam Hession (Ireland) lost to Eduard Savvin (Russia Boxing Federation) 1-4

October 30th Last 32)

48kg Rickey Nesbitt (Ireland) lost to Nodrjon Mirakhmador (Uzbekistan) 0-5

80kg Keylan Cassidy (Ireland beat Arriaga Olvera (Mexico) 5-0

November 1st

80kg Keylan Cassidy (Ireland) beat Shabbas Negmatulloev (Tajikistan) 5-0

Novermeber 2nd


80kg Keylan Cassidy (ireland) v TBA

Irish squad

48 kg. Ricky Nesbitt (Holy Family)

51 kg. Sean Mari (Monkstown)

57 kg. Adam Hession (Monieva)

60 kg. JP Hale (Star)

63kg. Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy)

67 kg. Eugene McKeever (Holy Family)

80 Kg. Kelyan Cassidy (St Saviors/ Crystal)

IABA President, Dom O’Rourke

Team manager, Peter O’Donnell

Coaches, Zaur Antia, Dmitry Dimitruk, Eoin Pluck