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Michael Conlan, Ireland, after victory over Siarhei Loban, Belarus. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Michael Conlan, Ireland, after victory over Siarhei Loban, Belarus. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

John Joe Nevin, Ireland, and coach Billy Walsh. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

John Joe Nevin, Ireland, and coach Billy Walsh. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

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Michael Conlan, Ireland, after victory over Siarhei Loban, Belarus. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

THE good times continue to roll for Irish boxing as it goes from success to success at the European Amateurs in Minsk, Belarus.

Ireland are guaranteed a minimum of four medals at the championships after John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes, Jason Quigley and Michael Conlan all claimed quarter-final wins yesterday.

Conlan provided the highlight of the day when he stunned the locals when defeating Siarhei Loban in the evening session.

The St John Bosco flyweight overwhelmed his Belarusian opponent to claim a second-round technical knockout.

Earlier, Nevin become the first to stake his claim when he comprehensively defeated Hungary's Krisztian Nagy in their bantamweight quarter-final.

The classy Mullingar fighter dominated from the first bell and won via a unanimous points decision (30-24, 30-27, 30-25).

Barnes soon joined Nevin in the semi-finals when he overcame another Hungarian, Istvan Ungvari, in their light flyweight bout.

However, this time the decision was much closer with the Belfast man edging a split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).

Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Barnes remains on course for a potential light-flyweight final showdown with England's Jack Bateson.

Light-flyweight Bateson continued his rapid emergence by guaranteeing a medal. The 19-year-old, who was only elevated to the Great Britain podium squad two months ago, scored a unanimous points win over Ukraine's Vadym Kudryakov to move into the semi-finals.

Bateson will next face top seed David Ayrapetyan of Russia, who won European gold in 2006 and also boasts Olympic and world medals to his name.

Middleweight Jason Quigley did not let the Irish camp down when he was a unanimous victory over Germany's Stefan Hartel (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

However, there was bad news for heavyweight Tommy McCarthy, who was unable to overcome the challenge of Azerbaijan's Teymur Mammadou.


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