Michael Conlan into World Boxing Championship semi-finals

Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan

Michael Conlan is assured of at least a bronze medal at the World Boxing Championships in Doha after winning his quarter-final in style on Saturday.

The Belfast bantamweight was in control of his bout against Tayfur Aliyev of Azerbaijan throughout and won all three rounds on all three judges’ cards, posting a 30-27 victory.

European champion Conlan has already qualified for next year’s Rio Olympics.

Light flyweight Brendan Irvine lost his quarter-final to Joahnys Argilagos.

Irvine fought well but had no answer to his Cuban opponent’s tight defence and scoring punches.

The Belfast fighter lost each round 10-9, though one judge did award him the final round as he battled hard against elimination one fight before the medal bouts.

Conlan now has his sights set on upgrading his world bronze for silver at least in the semi-finals.