Irish boxer Michael Conlan is one win away from World Championship gold

Conlan claimed a comprehensive win over Dzmitry Asanau.

Michael Conlan celebrates after today's win.
Michael Conlan celebrates after today's win.
Image: Francis Myers/INPHO

Ciarán Gallagher reports from Doha

MICHAEL CONLAN ‘kept his cool’ to book a final place at the World Championships in Doha.

Conlan, who is already qualified for the Rio Olympics next year, claimed a 3-0 unanimous decision win over Dzmitry Asanau of Belarus in today’s 56kg semi-final.

He will now meet Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the bantamweight final on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Belfast native claimed a 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 win after controlling the fight, although two judges surprisingly scored the second round for Asanau, a European Games medallist.

“I kept my cool and held by patience, I didn’t panic,” said Conlan after his win. “I just knew I had to keep to my gameplan because he [Asanau] was going to fold – he’s only a young lad,” added Conlan on his 19-year-old opponent.

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