Willie McLaughlin and Ken Egan progressed to the last 16 of the AIBA World Senior Championships following impressive wins in Milan this afternoon.
Donegal welterweight McLaughlin produced a controlled display of boxing to beat Vedic Velibor of Bosnia & Herzegovina 14-3 and Dublin light heavyweight Egan stopped Muhammad Sutani Quadir of Afghanistan in the third round.
Egan, ranked fourth in the world and a silver medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, was 12-1 up when the ref stopped the contest 2:31 into the final frame after Quadir took his second standing count.
Meanwhile, Ireland's coaches won't have far to look for information on Willie McLaughlin's next opponent, Jvania Kakhabev of Georgia.
Ireland's Georgia born coach Zuar Anita, who was working McLaughlin's corner today along with Billy Wash, was Kakhabev's coach when he was training the Georgian national team.
Kakhabev also beat Ireland's Roy Sheahan in the past.