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Classy Micahel Conlan steps up his gold bid in Bulgaria

By David Kelly

Michael Conlan breezed through to the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Bulgaria.

French bantamweight Anthony Bret simply had no answer to the skill and speed of the Belfast man, who is gunning for gold.

Conlan used his sharp footwork to get in and out of range, peppering his opponent with quick single blows in the opening round before stepping up the volume of punching in the second.

In the final round Conlan simply controlled the action over the three minutes and was given a unanimous 30-27 verdict on all three judges' cards.

Despite not having the best preparation, Conlan has made an impressive start to his bid for more medal glory.

He will now face Denmark's Frederik Jensen in the quarter-finals tomorrow afternoon as he seeks to improve on the silver medal he won in Belarus two years ago - and secure qualification for the World Championships in August.

Fellow Belfast men Brendan Irvine and Sean McComb have had their places at the World Championships next month in the light-flyweight and lightweight divisions confirmed by the World governing body, along with that of middleweight Michael O'Reilly.

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