Belfast’s Michael Conlan and Tommy McCarthy made it through to the next round of the AIBA World Elite Men’s Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Monday.
Conlan, who has moved up from flyweight to bantamweight recorded a shut out unanimous decision victory over Mexico’s Brian Gonzalez.
Conlan, the No.2 seed, will now meet Russia’s No.10 seed Vladimir Nikitin in the last-eight on Tuesday.
And McCarthy had an unanimous decision over Germany’s No. 7 seed Emir Ahmatovic.
It was tough, but the Belfast heavyweight carried two of the three judges with him through every round en route to a 29-28,29-28,29-28 decision.
McCarthy said: I am delighted to be through to the next round.
“It was a tough fight but I think I did enough to win it and I can now look forward to the next round. I am feeling good and ready to go in the next round.”
Yamil Peralta of Argentina, awaits the Oliver Plunkett BC ace in the last-eight on Tuesday.
And Jason Quigley completed a good morning for Irish boxing after scoring a unanimous (30-27,30-27,29-28 decision over Scotland’s Aston Brown in the middleweight class.
The Donegal man, the No. 5 seed in Almaty, will now meet Hungary’s No. 4 seed Zoltan Harsca in the quarter-finals.
“I changed my game plan and started hitting him with some good shots. He smiled at me,” said Brown after his defeat.
Paddy Barnes, Sean McComb and Joe Ward will be in action today in Almaty.