Josh Kelly is just one win away from reaching the Olympic Games.
The Sunderland boxer outpointed Estonia’s Kaupo Arro in this evening’s round of 16 showdown in the U69 kilo division in Azerbaijan.
Kelly will now meet Aaron Prince in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening when victory would seal a place in Rio.
The 22-year-old welterweight produced a dominant bout against a tough opponent in Baku tonight.
Arro has held his own on the big stage and, having come down from the U75 kilo division, was seen as a difficult hurdle for the Houghton ABC star to clear.
But second seed Kelly was never in any danger, winning all three rounds on the judges scorecards, who marked it 30-27.
Kelly’s Wearside neighbour Pat McCormack will be looking to join the Port of Call-sponsored boxer in the last eight tomorrow.
The Washington boxer is in the round of 16 action tomorrow in Baku where he meets Lasha Guruli, from Georgia, at light-welterweight.