John Joe Joyce cruised into the quarter finals of the 37th European Senior Championships following a comfortable 20-3 win over Scottish light welterweight John Tain at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool this afternoon.
The Irish 2008 Olympian will now face Bulgarian southpaw and 2004 European senior lightweight champion Dimitar Stilyanov in the quarter-finals on Wednesday with a bronze medal up for grabs.
Stilyanov was beaten in the last 16 of the 2004 Olympic Games by Amir Khan and was also beaten by Joyce's St Michael's Athy team-mate Roy Sheahan in the semi-finals of the 2007 European Union Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin.
Four Irish boxers, Ryan Lindberg, Ross Hickey, and first cousins David Oliver Joyce and John Joe Joyce, both of the St Michael's Athy club, are through to the quarter-finals and are just one bout away from claiming at least bronze.
Middleweight Eamon O'Kane, of the Immaculata club in Belfast, and Clonmel heavyweight Con Sheehan will both be involved in last 16 bouts tonight.
The preliminary rounds of the Championships are being held at the Greenbank Academy with the finals pencilled in for the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday November 15.
All 11 finals will be televised live by TG4 on November 15.
37th European Senior Championships Results and Draw
November 6 (Preliminary)
54Kg: Ryan Lindberg (Ireland) beat Abdullah Dursion (Turkey) 9-4
69Kg: Willie McLoughlin (Ireland) beat Mariano Hillario Jimenez (Spain) 14-5
November 8 (Last 16)
51Kg: Conor Ahern (Ireland) lost to Salomo N'Tuve (Sweden) Disq4
54Kg: Ryan Lindberg (Ireland) beat Samir Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 11-3
60Kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) beat Oleksandr Kluchko (Ukraine) 10-7
69Kg: Willie McLoughlin (Ireland) lost to Jack Culcay-Keth (Germany) 2-7
November 9 (Last 16)
57Kg: David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) beat Joe Murray (England) 16-3
81Kg: Darren O'Neill (Ireland) lost to Nikolajs Grishunins (Latvia) 5-11
November 10 (Last 16)
64Kg: John Joe Joyce (Ireland) beat John Tain (Scotland) 20-3
75Kg: Eamon O'Kane (Ireland) v Adem Kiliggi (Turkey)
91Kg: Con Sheehan (Ireland) v Viktar Chvarkou (Belarus)
November 11 (quarter-finals)
54Kg: Ryan Lindberg (Ireland) v Denis Makarov (Germany)
60Kg: Ross Hickey (Ireland) v Famil Suleymanov (Azerbaijan)
November 12 (quarter-finals)
57Kg:David Oliver Joyce (Ireland) v Vasyl Lomachenko (Ukraine)
64Kg: John Joe Joyce (Ireland) v Dimitar Stilianov (Bulgaria).