Jason Quigley made it two wins from two for Ireland at the European Under 23 Championships following an emphatic 19-7 victory over Deniss Kormilin in Russia today.
2009 European Youth champion Quigley forced the Estonian middleweight into standing counts in rounds one and three at the Sports Palace in Kaliningrad.
Kormilin, to his credit, kept coming forward in this three-rounder, but Quigley, who boxes out of the Finn Valley BC in Donegal, repeatedly repelled his attacks with crisp combinations.
The Ulster orthodox, who won his two bouts for the Las Angeles Matadors in the World Series of Boxing last season, will now face Moldova’s Victor Carapchevschii in Saturday’s 75kg quarter-final.
Earlier today, Declan Geraghty eased into the last-eight after a comprehensive win over Erik Sokolov.
The Crumlin BC southpaw, a gold medal winner at the 2009 Irish Elite Championships, posted a 15-6 decision over the German bantamweight.
Geraghty established control of proceedings from the first round, teeing up Sokolov with rights jabs before delivering stinging left backhands to take the first 5-1.
It was more of the same in the second, with Geraghty clipping his advancing opponent on the counter to stretch his advantage to 10-2.
Sokolov had a much better third, picking up four points in total, but at that stage Geraghty, who found the target five times in that round, was looking ahead to his last-eight clash with Russia’s Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin on Saturday.
Nikitin beat Wales’ Commonwealth champion Sean McGoldrick. McGoldrick was retrospectively awarded gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India after Sri Lanka’s Manju Wanniarachchi failed a drugs test.
Ireland now have six boxers in quarter-final action in Kaliningrad on Friday and Saturday – all now one win away from at least a bronze medal.