Michael Conlan upgraded his bronze medal to at least silver at the expense of Dzimitry Asanau of Belarus.
The Irish captain won the first and third rounds of today’s 10-9 across the board to take a 30-27, 29-28,29-28 decision. Asanau split the judges in his favour in the second round, but Conlan was back on his toes and dominating – he found the target with six unanswered shots in the first 30 seconds of the final frame – to secure victory.
The current European Elite champion staggered Asanau back onto the ropes with a left in the second, but the Belarusian dug deep to take the frame on two cards.
Conlan will now meet Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the 56kg final seeking to become the first Irishman to win an AIBA World Elite gold and the first irish boxer after Kate Taylor to finish on top of an AIBA Elite podium.
Speaking after the bout Conlan and coach were in confident mood.