But Michael Nevin bowed out after being on the wrong end of a unanimous decision after a close middleweight bout with Victor Corrapcevschi of Moldova.Quinn got Ireland off to a winning start in the open bout of the tournament on a split verdict over Hungarian flyweight Virban Gabor.
Afanasev, in action in the last bout of the afternoon, dispensed with the need for points after flooring Slovakia’s Gregor Skranec twice late in the second round en toute to a stoppage.
The Dublin heavyweight will be back in action tomorrow versus England’s Cheavon Clarke.
Kellie Harrington, Ceire Smith, Michaela Walsh, Aoife O’Rourke, Wayne Kelly and Kieran Molloy are also between the ropes on Thursday.
European champion Joe Ward, who received a bye into the semi-finals, meets Sammy Lee of Wales for a place in the finals on Friday.(Image, Dean Gardiner and Aoife O’Rourke at opening ceremony)
52kg Conor Quinn (Ireland) v Galal Yafai (England)