Going for Gold- Micheal Conlan secures final berth

Michael Conlan is through to the World Championship bantamweight final after a 3-0 unanimous decision win over Dzmitry Asanau of Belarus in Doha today

The first Irishman to win Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth medals improved the colour of the bronze he secured yesterday to at least silver, but no doubt be gunning for gold.

Conlan, who is already qualified for the Rio Olympics next year and dominated his bout, will now foace Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in Wednesday’s decider.

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.

“I’m really looking forward to the final now,” said Conlan. “The lads [in the corner] told me I needed to win the third round and I was confident. I kept my cool and held by patience, I didn’t panic.

“I just knew I had to keep to my gameplan because he [Asanau] was going to fold – he’s only a young lad.”

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