Unbeaten Paddy Barnes (3-0-0) made it three wins from three, and edged a step closer toward qualifying for the his third successive Olympics with a landslide decision for Italia Thunder in the World Series of Boxing.
Michael Conlan (2-1-3) also won to help Thunder to victory over Steven Donnelly’s Hussars of Poland in Konin.
Barnes claimed all rounds emphatically to score a 50-45,50-43,50-45 win over Sebastien Jagodzinski over five frames, one of the judges scoring two of the one-sided light-fly rounds 10-8 to the two-time Olympic bronze medallist.
The win edged the Italian side 1-0 ahead, and Conlan made it 2-0 on the night on a unanimous verdict (50-45 across the board) over Grzergoz Kozlowski, a bantamweight he had beaten twice previously.
"Paddy and Michael were top class, outstanding. They won every round and it could even have been by higher scoring" - Billy Walsh
Italia Thunder won Friday night's match 3-2, with the Poles picking up a losing bonus point for claiming two bouts from the five-bout Group B match.
Irish coach John Conlan, father to Michael, and Irish head coach Billy Walsh were working Barnes’ and Conlan’s corners.
“Paddy and Michael were top class, outstanding. They won every round and it could even have been by higher scoring. Excellent performances from both of them," said Billy Walsh.
“We’ve still got three or four fights to go and we have to keep winning and keep the pressure on the rest, but for tonight we’re absolutely delighted with the performances and the wins and the victory for Italia Thunder.”
The top ranked light-flyweight and the top two ranked bantamweights will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics at the end of the regular WSB season in April.
Meanwhile, Ireland will meet Sweden in an Elite, Youth and Junior male and female international at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight. The Swedes beat an Irish selection 8-6 at the St Brigid’s BC in Offaly on Friday evening.