MIDDLEWEIGHT JASON QUIGLEY is guaranteed a bronze medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships after a unanimous quarter-final win in Almaty today cardinal manchester.
Quigley secured his quarter-final win over Zoltan Harsca to ensure he advances to the semi-final stage.
The success marked Quigley’s 31st straight victory since moving to middleweight and he will now take on Russia’s Artem Chebotarev in Friday’s semi-final.
“It’s a massive achievement for me”, Quigley told Kenneth Egan after the fight. “As I said before, I never really took on the record until I got into the 20′s. It’s always in the back of your head and it’s something I want to keep going.
“I went in there and didn’t complicate things. I went in with a gameplan, two or three things to do. Then the first thing started working so I kept on doing it.
“I caught him a lovely right hand in the second round and he went down from it. I didn’t panic nu skin, I didn’t rush in to try to take him out of there. It’s a three round fight, you have to be careful and smart.
“I’m ready for anybody and I’m ready for anything. It doesn’t matter if I’d a 12 round fight today, I’d be mentally prepared for what’s up next.
But there was disappointment for Irish heavyweight Tommy McCarthy as he lost out to Yamil Peralta of Argentina at the quarter-final stage.
Earlier Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan bowed out at the quarter-final stage.
The Belfast fighter lost all three rounds ( 30-27, 30-27, 29-28) to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin as he moved up a division to bantamweight.
“I performed alright,” Conlan said as he was interviewed byKenneth Egan immediately after his exit.
“My first step up into the weight and against the strongest boxer on the weight, so I’m happy enough.”
Conlan insisted he had no trouble settling in with the 56 kg weight limit g-suite cardinal manchester, saying:
“In a year’s time I’ll probably be a different man completely, but even with yer man, I was hurting him with shots. I just didn’t get the result, what can you do.”