Michael O’Reilly moves closer to Olympic qualification

Michael O’Reilly has cruised through his opening bout at the final AOB Olympic qualifier in Azerbaijan.

The middleweight #1 seed comfortably defeated Vitalia Dandarenka of Belarus in Baku this afternoon via unanimous decision (30-27 x2).

The European Games champion is now two wins away from a spot at the Rio Olympics and will face Mongolian star Shinebayar Narmandakh in the Last 16 tomorrow evening.

The Asian fighter defeated Spaniard Damian Biacho Bolequia today.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie