Rio Olympian Steven Donnelly advanced to the last 16 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia today.
The Ballymena man, who reached the last-eight at the 31st Olympiad, secured a 4-1 victory over Wales’ Kyran Jones with one judge awarding him a 10-8 round at the Oxenford Studios venue.
The former Irish Elite champion will now meet Gibrilla Kamara of Pakistan in the next phase on Sunday.
Kurt Walker and Aidan Walsh are between the ropes tomorrow versus Australia and Pakistan.
England’s Luke McCormack won yesterday and renews acquaintances with Sean McComb on Sunday for a place in the last-eight.
The clash is a repeat of the 2017 European Elite quarter-final which McCormack edged on a 3-2 split decision.
Kristina O’Hara, Carly McNaul, Michaela Walsh, Alanna Nihell, Dee Sullivan and Stephen McMonagle will start their campaigns at the quarter-final stage and are all just one win away from at least bronze.
Walsh, the current Irish and EU Elite featherweight champion, was edged out on a 2-1 split decision by two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams in the 2014 Commonwealth flyweight final in Glasgow.
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast Australia
48kg Kristina O’Hara v Lynsey Holadaway (Wales)
57kg Michaela Walsh V Keam Kenosi (Botswana)
51kg Carly McNaul v Ayisat Oriyomi (Nigeria)
60kg Alanna Nihell v Laiine Soma (Papa New Guinea) or Page Murney (England)
75kg Steven Donnelly beat Kyran Jones (Wales) 4-1
56kg Kurt Walker v Jack Bowen (Australia)
69kg Aidan Walsh v Gul Zaib (Pakistan)
64kg Sean McComb v Luke McCormack (England)
75kg Steven Donnelly V Gibrilla Kamara (Sierra Leone)
52kg Brendan Irvine v Jabah Breedy (Barbados)
60kg James McGivern v Emanuel Ngoma (Zambia)
91kg Dee Sullivan v Jason Whateley (Australia)
91kg+ Stephen McMonagle v Mitchell Barton (Scotland) or Patrick Mailato (New Zealand)
Northern Ireland Squad
48kg Kristina O’Hara (St John Bosco)
51kg Carly McNaul (Holy Family)
52kg Brendan Irvine (St Paul’s)
56kg Kurt Walker (Canal)
57kg Michaela Walsh (Monkstown)
60kg James McGivern (St George’s)
60kg Alanna Nihell (Eastside/British Army)
64kg Sean McComb (Holy Trinity)
69kg Aidan Walsh (Monkstown)
75kg Steven Donnelly (All Saints)
91kg Dee Sullivan (Emerald)
+91kg Stephen McMonagle (Holy Trinity)
Coaches: John Conlan, Peter Brady and Damien Kennedy