Triple threat- three Irish fighters through to the World quarters

Michael Conlan (56kg), Brendan Irvine (49kg) and Michael O’Reilly (75kg) ensured a perfect evening for Irish boxing in Doha this evening.

All three won their last 16 bouts and are now just one win away from a World medal.

Brendan Irvine out-pointed Turkish light-flyweight Muhammet Unlu dealing with an earlier than scheduled glove off-time to eventually record a split decision win.

The Belfast teen started slow but eventually had his hand raised after scores 28-29, 29-28, 30-27 were read out.

It wasn’t plain sailing for Irish captain Conlan either the Belfast man had to come from a round down to record victory.

The first three minutes were surprisingly scored against the gold medal hopeful, but he recovered and after going into the last on level terms the European Champion overcame a low blow in the third to record a majority points win, 28-28, 29-27, 30-26.

O’Reilly made it a hat trick of win the 22-year-old made easy work of a tough opponent in Australian Daniel Lewis to progress.

The Portlaoise man forced his an opponent into a standing eight count in the first and dominated the fight in it’s entirety.


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