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Belfast boxer Michael Conlan wins Rio fight with solid bout

Belfast boxer and world champion Michael Conlan got his Rio Olympics gold medal campaign off to a good start with a comprehensive win against Armenian Aram Avagyan.

He stands now just nine minutes away for guaranteeing a second bronze medal at the very least.

Avagyan tried to turn the fight into a brawl and in a less than perfect performance Conlan, at times, allowed his opponent dictate the pattern of the contest. But for the most part Conlan kept his distance and he clearly outboxed his opponent.

At times his timing was off but when correct he hurt is opponent and was clearly in control of the contest, though curiously one of the judges gave the last round to his opponent.

The Clonard fighter took the fight on all three judges' careds (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

The 24-year-old - who is the last Irish boxer still fighting - will face a quarter medal clash on Tuesday 21.45pm (local time).

Conlan fulfilled his Olympic ambition in London 2012, ending up with a bronze medal after losing to the eventual gold medallist Robelsy Ramirez in the semi-final of the flyweight division.

Conlan in great shape for first step towards medal success

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