Belfast's Michael Conlan clinches place in Olympics

Belfast flyweight Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan beat number two seed Nordine Oubaali of France

Belfast flyweight Michael Conlan has clinched his place at the 2012 Olympics by reaching the quarter-finals of the World Amateur Championships.

The 19-year-old beat number two seed Nordine Oubaali of France 20-17 in Tuesday's last 16 contest in Baku.

Conlan lost the first round 6-4 but was level at 11-11 after the second and finished well to take the third 9-6.

He faces European champion Andrew Selby for a medal on Wednesday.

"It was a good fight - he was a tough guy," said Conlan of the St John Bosco club in west Belfast.

"He was very fit and just kept coming. But I was just as fit and my workrate was really high. I just kept pushing."

Two other Irish boxers, middleweight Darren O'Neill and Cavan bantamweight John Joe Nevin, also won through to the quarter-finals in Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

However, 17-year-old light heavyweight Joe Ward, lightweight David Oliver Joyce and welterweight Roy Sheehan failed to qualify for London.

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