Ballybofey middleweight Jason Quigley is guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan.
Quigley will now take on Russia’s Artem Chebotarev in Friday morning’s semi-final, while Liverpudlian Antony Fowler, who is a first cousin of former Liverpool and England striker Robbie, takes on Zhanibek Alimkhanuly from Kazakhstan in the other last four bout.
Ireland has never before won an AIBA world championship gold.
Twenty-two-year-old Quigley, who is joined by his father and coach Conor in Kazakhstan, was paired with No 4 seed Zoltan Harsca from Hungary in Almaty yesterday in the 75kg class.
Quigley went through convincingly, winning 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards.
The former St Columba’s College student left Harsca on the canvas following a firm right hand in the second round to receive a standing count to confirm the dominance from the Twin Towns native.
Quigley won all three rounds 10-9 with another impressive showing.
It was his 31st successive win since making the jump to middleweight last year.
“Yeah, 31-0 since a year and a half ago,” Quigley said right after yesterday's bout.
“It’s a massive achievement for me. It’s always in the back of my head now and something I want to keep going. It’s a record and people want to break records.
“It’s a massive achievement for me but I never really took on the record until I got into the twenties.
“I didn’t want to complicate things. He went down in the second round with a right hand but I didn’t rush in to finish him off."
Quigley, who started the World boxing Championships as the fifth seed, won the middleweight division the European Championships in Belarus in June.
Minsk was Quigley’s first ever event as a senior, winning gold to add to his 2009 European Junior championship, which he clinched in Poland, and the European U-23 title he won last year in Russia.
After that famous win in June, he is fighting at the World Championships for the first time.
“I went in there and I didn’t complicate things,” he added yesterday of his victory over Harsca.
“I had a game plan and two or three things to do and when the first thing started working I just stuck with it.
“I didn’t panic, I didn’t rush in to try and take him put because it’s a three round fight. If he clips me and. I go down it’s party over.
“I’m ready for anybody and ready for anything. If I had a 12-round fight today I’d still be mentally ready for the next fight.”
The Finn Valley ABC boxer moved into the quarter-finals of the World Championships following a unanimous 3-0 win over Scotland’s Aston Brown in Kazakhstan on Monday - a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 victory.
Quigley started his competition with a 30-26, 30-26, 28-28 success over Vijender Singh from India on Saturday.
Chebotarev, the 2010 European champion who defeated Darren O’Neil from Kilkenny in the final, will provide a stern test for Sky Sports Scholar Quigley having already seen off No 1 seed Esquiva Florentino in the last 16.
Esquiva Florentino continued that fine form in his quarter-final with a first round technical knock-out against Azizbek Abdugofurov of Uzbekistan yesterday.
Meanwhile, Fowler, the unseeded 22-year-old, beat German Stefan Hartel - ranked seventh - in the quarter-finals and second seed, Dmytro Mytrofanov from Ukraine, in the round beforehand.
His opponent on Friday, Alimkhanuly, began the competition as sixth seed and was a comfortable winner over Serbia's Aleksandar Drenovak.