Christopher O’Reilly completed a hat-trick for Ireland on Day 2 of the AIBA World Youth Championships in St Petersburg, Russia this afternoon.
The Irish light-heavy scored a unanimous decision over Korea’s Kim Taek Min to book his ticket into the last 16.
Taek Min needed attention on two occasions from the ringside doctor for a facial cut in the first frame as O’Reilly pilled on the pressure in the opening three minutes.
Compact and boring forward to take the fight to the Irishman on the inside, the Asian champion had his moments, but O’Reilly held his composure to maintain the distance needed for the leverage on his power shots to impress the judges and earn a well deserved win.
Earlier today, Irish captain Brett McGinty blasted past Thailand’s Kuattisak Promchuay.
The Derry welter forced Promchuay into two standing counts in the second and the ref waved if off after the Thai took a third standing count in the third off another solid combo from the Irish champion.
Paddy Donovan, a silver medallist at the 2015 World Juniors in St Petersburg, got Ireland off to a winning start this morning.
The Limerick southpaw produced a composed performance to beat Poland’s Damian Durkacz over three, three minute rounds in the last 64 of the tournament.
The pick of Donovan’s shots was a sweeping left hook which rocked the Pole in the first and a well-timed combination in the third.
Durkacz mostly moved forward throughout today’s contest, but Donovan’s slick backhand and footwork consistently curbed his enthusiasm.
Donovan will now meet Ranjo Napoles of the Philippines for a place in the last-16 on Sunday.
AIBA are using all five judges to score bouts 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) v Salah Imberahim (Germany)
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) v Elio Crespo-Santos (Cuba)
56kg Eamer Coughlan (Ireland) Toltayayev Samatav (Kazakhstan)
60kg Paddy Donovan (Ireland) v Ranjo Napoles (Philippines)
69kg Brett McGinty (Ireland) v Andrej Csemez (Slovakia)
75kg Michael Nevin (Ireland) v Matej Uremovic (Croatia) or Mukhammadyusuf Akbarov (Kyrgyzstan)
64kg Gabriel Dossen (Ireland) v Freudis Rojas Jnr. (USA)
81kg Christopher O’Reilly (Ireland) v Krenar Aliu (Finland) (last 16)
91kg+ Kevin Sheehy (Ireland) v Mahammad Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) or Marek Korolkov (Lithuania)
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