Jason Quigley will fight for a gold medal tomorrow at the AIBA World Boxing Championships after a superb victory in his semi-final bout in Kazakhstan.
The Donegal man's win means he will become the first Irish male fighter ever to reach a final at World Championship level.
The Finn Valley Boxing Club orthodox fighter claimed victory in impressive style, despite taking a standing count in the second round against Artem Chebotarev of Russia.
Neither fighter over-commited in the first round, but Quigley edged ahead on the scorecards to lead 29-28.
But Quigley began to take control in the second, winning it on all the judges' scorecards. And while he took a standing count towards the end of the round, many felt the incident that prompted it was a slip.
Quigley remained in control in the final round, which saw the doctor check Chebotarev three times after he had his nose bloodied. In the end, Quigley claimed a 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 win to book his spot in the final against Kazakhstan fighter Zhanibek Alimkhanuly.
Alimkhanuly did not fight today, progressing to the final after Liverpool middleweight Anthony Fowler was forced to withdraw due to a hand injury.
"In the last round they told me to go after him and I got him with some lovely, heavy shots" - Jason Quigley
Afterwards, Quigley felt the fight went to plan and revealed he went after the Russian in the third on the instruction of his corner.
He said: "We went through the tactics last night. We knew he was going to come at me so the aim was to pick him off as he comes. I knew I had the skill and speed to beat him. In the last round they told me to go after him and I got him with some lovely, heavy shots.
"There was definitely a few times I hurt him in that fight. I didn’t panic and I think that’s experience and learning through the years that when you hurt a man that’s when he is at his most dangerous.
"I kept my composure and kept on him and picked him off with better shots."
Quigley's confidence is sky-high ahead of the final and he added: "I’m not going to let anybody get in my way now."
Quigley's final will be shown live on RTÉ One tomorrow morning.
Web-Only coverage all semi finals on RTÉ.ie/sport + RTÉ Player App and highlights and analysis of both Quigley and Ward's fights on RTÉ Two at 8pm.