His St George’s teammate, James McGivern, won bantam gold at the previous edition of the tournament, and Murphy set himself down the same path with an assured performance in the Bahamas.
Early in the day team captain Dominic Bradley had been defeated in the lightweight last 16, but Murphy ensure there was a positive end to the day following an impressive win over Scotland’s Ahmed Faraz.
The Ulster teen, a late addition to the team following the withdrawal of light welter Aaron McKenna, won on a unanimous decision to book himself in Friday’s quarter finals where he will box Canadian Sean Finnigan for a bronze medal.
Tomorrow (Thursday July 20th) sees one Irish boxer in action, with Holy Trinity middleweight Kane Tucker boxing for bronze against another Scot, Reekie Ryan.
Commonwealth Youth Games VI, Bahamas
Wednesday July 19th
(L16) 60kg – Dominic Bradley lost to Rhys Edwards (Wales) 2-3
(L16) 56kg – Colm Murphy beat Ahmed Faraz (Scotland) 5-0
Thursday July 20th
(QF) 75kg – Kane Tucker v Reekie Ryan (Scotland)
Friday July 21th
(QF) 49kg – John Moran v Hall Seanoa (Samoa)
(QF) 52kg – Kian Bittles v Allicock Keevin (Guyana)
(QF) 56kg – Colm Murphy v Sean Finnigan (Canada)
(QF) 69kg – Anthony Johnston v Ah Tong Marion (Samoa)
Northern Ireland Team
49kg – John Moran (Illies GG)
52kg – Kian Bittles (Holy Trinity)
56kg – Colm Murphy (St George’s)
60kg – Dominic Bradley (captain) (Errigal)
69kg – Anthony Johnston (Gleann)
75kg – Kane Tucker (Holy Trinity)