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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.

Portlaoise middleweight Michael O’Reilly unfortunately suffered a 2-1 defeat to Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev. O’Reilly will still go home with a bronze medal and must win a third-place box-off to qualify for the Rio Olympics — although convoluted AIBA rules mean another path may possibly open up depending on other results.

Joe Ward is one win away from booking his Olympic spot. The Moate light-heavyweight is not in semi-final action until Monday, taking on Ishod Rasulov of Uzbekistan.

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