JASON QUIGLEY will move into a top-four position when the AIBA world rankings are updated next month.
The Donegal middleweight lost out on a unanimous decision to Kazakhstan's Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in Saturday's AIBA Elite World Championships 75kg final in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Alimkhanuly earned 1,200 points for winning gold and will jump from joint No 7 spot with Quigley, who picks up 800 points for silver, to No 1.
Joe Ward secured 700 points after winning light-heavyweight bronze in Almaty and will move into the top 10 in the 81kg class before Christmas.
The Irish squad arrived home yesterday after spending over a month abroad in training camp and competition at the 17th edition of the Worlds.
Quigley, who boxes out of the Finn Valley BC, revealed that he was so exhausted in the last round of his final that he couldn't lift his arms.
"In the last round, I was saying to myself, 'This is for the world title' and I was just trying to punch and punch and I couldn't punch no more. My arms were gone. I couldn't lift them up," he said.
"You need the luck of the draw. My lad (Alimkhanuly), I'm not saying he was lucky or anything, he beat me on the day fair and square, there's nothing to be said about that.
"He had a rest day before the semi-finals, and then he had a rest day on the semi-finals because his lad (England's Anthony Fowler withdrew injured) pulled out.
"I boxed 24 hours before that and put in one of the best performances of my career. It took a lot out of me and I think it showed that he was a bit fresher.
"I know I mightn't have been at my full physical potential on the final day and he was a lot fresher, but that's the way boxing goes and that's the sport I'm in."
Meanwhile, Team Ireland can take a lot of positives from the 100-nation tournament. It marked their best ever performance at a World Men's Elite Championships, while Quigley became the first Irish male boxer to reach an AIBA Elite final.
Quigley's and Ward's podium finishes marked the first occasion that two Irish boxers claimed medals at the same World Elite Championships.
Ireland finished in joint sixth spot in the medals table with Brazil and Uzbekistan and in seventh spot in the rankings table, the nation's best ever finish at a World Championships.
Meanwhile, Tommy McCarthy, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan reached the quarter-finals and picked up AIBA ranking points.
The USA, in a new low for the former powerhouse that commanded No 1 spot at the 2001 World Championships in Belfast, finished in 34th place.
Irish head coach Billy Walsh highlighted an outstanding statistic from Ireland's training camp with Kazakhstan, Cuba and Azerbaijan in Almaty earlier this month.
"That training camp yielded 13 of the 20 finalists on Saturday," said Walsh.
"Eight of those guys won gold. The four nations, including ourselves, that took part in that training camp finished in the top six in the medals table. It was a quality camp.
"We set ourselves a target of two medals and we achieved that and we've got to be happy with that against the best in the world. The quality there was very high.
"When the team is advancing it's only natural that you want to surpass your targets. We're always looking to improve. With a bit of luck we could have had five in the semi-finals.
"We're pleased with the performances of our entire squad. The squad will have a well-earned break now. They deserve every minute of it."