By IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neil
But the London 2012 bronze medallist’s classy win in Hanua might not be enough to advance Team Deutschland to the semi-finals.
Conlan earned a comprehensive unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45,50-45) over Kazakh southpaw Meirholat Toitov of the Astana Arlans.
But Germany lost the quarter-final 3-2 on the night and must meet the defending champions over five bouts in Almaty, Kazakhstan on April 5 in the return leg.
Basically, Team Germany must win the second leg 4-1 or 5-0 – or 3-2 and win the tie breaker. Anything less and they will be bidding auf wiedersehen to the tournament.
In the event of the second leg finishing 3-2 to Germany, Ilivas Suleimenov and Steven Maleika will meet in a tie breaker at flyweight.
David Oliver Joyce’s St Michael’s Athy team-mate, Eric Donovan, helped the Arlans win the title last season.