Six Irish boxers are in action at the tournament in the Bahamas, and four have been handed byes straight into the quarter finals meaning they will box for bronze in their opening bouts.
No Ulster fighters are in action until tomorrow when three are through the ropes.
Colm Murphy, a late addition to the team, takes on Scottish newcomer Ahmed Faraz in the bantamweight last 16, team captain Dominic Bradley is also in last 16 action against Welsh teen Rhys Edwards, then Kane Tucker boxes for bronze against Scot Reekie Ryan.
All six fighters would be viewed as medal hopes, and gold would seem a realistic aim.
At the previous edition of the Games, in Samoa back in 2015, the five Irish boxers all reached the finals, with Aidan Walsh, Stevie McKenna, and James McGivern bringing home gold while Brett McGinty and Tiernan Bradley scored silver.
In previous editions, medals were won by Carl Frampton, Patrick Murphy, Dee McComb, Sean Duffy, Paul Hyland Jr, Joe Fitzpatrick, Enda Kennedy, and Conor Doherty.
Commonwealth Youth Games VI, Bahamas
Thursday July 20th
(L16) 56kg – Colm Murphy v Ahmed Faraz (Scotland)
(L16) 60kg – Dominic Bradley v Rhys Edwards (Wales)
(QF) 75kg – Kane Tucker v Reekie Ryan (Scotland)
Friday July 21th
(QF) 49kg – John Moran v Hall Seanoa (Samoa)
(QF) 69kg – Anthony Johnston v Ah Tong Marion (Samoa)
(QF) 52kg – Kian Bittles v Allicock Keevin (Guyana)
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)