Christopher O’Reilly is within striking distance of the medals at the World Youths after winning his last 16 bout in St Petersburg today.
The Irish light-heavy beat Krenar Aliu of Finland on a split decision to become the first Irish boxers to make the quarter-finals at the 63-nation tournament.
Aliu had the height and reach advantage this afternoon, but O’Reilly persistently stepped inside his opponent’s raking jab to delver the punches that booked his place in the last-eight.
Earlier, Gabriel Dossen produced a massive third round to advance to the last-16.
The Olympic BC light-welter beat Freudis Rojas Jnr. of the USA on a split decision to advance following an excellent contest between the Galway and Las Vegas southpaws.
With both young men flashing home shots in the opening two frames, the fight was in the balance going into the third, but the Irish champion found the target with a flurry of combinations going down the final stretch to seal victory.
Irish light-fly Jordan Moore was edged out by Carlo Paalan of the Philippines this morning. A close fight with both boxers finding the target throughout.Paalan earned a split decision.
Dossen, Paddy Donovan, Michael Nevin and Kevin Sheehy are in action tomorrow in St Petersburg.
AIBA World Youth Championships St Petersburg, Russia
(Last 32 unless stated)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Damian Durkacz (Poland) 5-0
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) beat Kuattisak Promchuay (Thailand) TKO3
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Kim Taek Min (Korea) 5-0
49kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) beat Salah Imberahim (Germany) 5-0
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) lost to Elio Crespo-Santos (Cuba) 0-5
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) lost to Toltayayev Samatav (Kazakhstan) 1-4
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) beat Ranjo Napoles (Philippines) 5-0
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) lost to Andrej Csemez (Slovakia) 2-3
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) beat Matej Uremovic (Croatia) 5-0
49kg Jordan Moore (Ireland) lost to Carlo Paalan (Philippines) 1-4
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) beat Freudis Rojas Jnr. (USA) 4-1
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) beat Krenar Aliu (Finland) (last 16) 4-1
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Sarkhan Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Hugo MiCallef (Montenegro)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Moreno Fendero (France)
91kg+ Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) v Mahammad Abdullayev (Azerbaijan)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) v Bekzad Nurdaueltov (Kazakhstan)
49kg Jordan Moore (Glasnevin)
52kg Conor Quinn (Clonard)
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Riverstown)
60kg Patrick Donovan (OLOL)
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Olympic)
69kg Brett McGinty (Oakleaf) Cpt
75kg Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Bracken)
91+kg Kevin Sheehy (St Francis)
Team manager: Stephen Connolly
Coaches: Billy McClean and John Conlan
R&J: Ben McGarrigle