Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tommy McCarthy wins to join Quigley and Conlan in World quarter finals

Thomas McCarthy, Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast
Thomas McCarthy, Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast
Thomas McCarthy, Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast, representing Ireland, celebrates after beating Emir Ahmatovic, Germany
Thomas McCarthy, left, Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast, representing Ireland, exchanges punches with Emir Ahmatovic, Germany
Thomas McCarthy, right, Oliver Plunkett BC, Belfast, representing Ireland
Michael Conlan exchanges punches with Brian Gonzalez, Mexico, during their Men's Bantamweight 56kg last 16 bout in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Jason Quigley fighting Aston Brown during their Men's Middleweight 75kg last 16 bout in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy joined Jason Quigley and Michael Conlan in the quarter-finals of the World Championships after a unanimous (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) victory over Germany's Emir Ahmatovic this afternoon in Almaty Kazakhstan

Speaking after the fight McCarthy said: “I had to dig in to the soles of my boots.

"I’m delighted. I worked hard in the training camp, so I’m getting the reward and hopefully now I can get one more fight and into the medal zone. He caught me a couple of clean ones but I was never in trouble but they did hurt.

"Obviously I want to go all the way, so I'm one step closer."

Ireland's Jason Quigley and Michael Conlan are also just one fight away from securing medals after facile wins in their last 16 bouts this morning at the AIBA World Championships

Conlan, a bronze medallist from London 2012, has moved up from flyweight to bantamweight after John Joe Nevin's decision to join the pro ranks and was imperious in a (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory over Mexico's Brian Gonzalez.

"I feel strong at the weight and I proved that today," he said after the fight.

"It was nice and steady the whole way. I knew I had the fight in the bag but there is nothing certain.

"I knew I was hurting him every time I hit him in the body and he was saying it was low but they were perfect body shots.

"I'm happy with my performance because I never even came out of third gear."

Conlan will face Russia's Vladimir Nikitin on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals and a guaranteed bronze medal.

Donegal's Jason Quigley was first into the ring this morning and he secured a unanimous (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) victory over Scotland's Aston Brown.

Quigley now faces Zoltan Harsca, who is seeded four, one place above Jason.

The reigning European boxing champion was brimming with confidence after the fight.

"Every boxer here is the top boxer in their country and you have to be on the top of your game for every fight if you're going to win," he said.

"Second round he came out strong but I expected that because I knew I had won the first round.

"Obviously he's going to come at me because he's a round down but I stayed with him and I showed him who the boss was.

"I showed him my power and I changed my gameplan halfway through the fight."

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