Joyce and O’Neill progress to last 32

David Oliver Joyce recorded Ireland’s  second win of the day at the AIBA World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in  Azerbaijan this morning.
The St Michael’s Athy lightweight posted a  23-11 decision over Mohammad Momevand of Iran in Baku to set up a last-32 clash  with Mohammad Khaiber of Afghanistan on Monday.
The Kildare man, who forced the tall and  rangy Iranian into a standing count in round three, was 14-7 up when he  answered the bell for the start of the third.
Earlier today, Darren  O’Neill eliminated Glodi Eneste.

The Kilkenny southpaw beat the Norwegian middleweight 16-5   in a repeat of the 2009 European Union final which O’Neill, a silver medal  winner at the 2010 European Championships, won 13-2.
The round scoring spoke for itself with O’Neill opening up a 7-2  advantage at the end of the first and extending that lead to 13-4 by the end of  the second en route to his third win in-a-row over  Eneste.
He’ll now meet 32-year-old Egyptian 2004 and 2008 Olympian Mohamed  Hikal, a bronze medal winner at the 2005 AIBA World Championships, on  Monday.
Today’s victories ensure that the entire ten-man Irish  squad are now through to the last-32 of the tournament.
“We’re very happy with today’s wins. Darren and David boxed very  well against their Norwegian and Iranian opponents in their first bouts at this  World Championships. We’re now heading into what will be a very busy 24 hours,”  said Irish team manager Des Donnelly.
Michael Conlan, Ray Moylette, Roy Sheehan, Joe Ward and Con Sheehan  will be in action tomorrow.
Paddy Barnes,  John Joe Nevin, David Oliver Joyce, Darren  O’Neill and team captain Ken Egan will be between the ropes  Monday.
Ward, Con Sheehan, Barnes, Nevin and Egan received byes into the  last-32.

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