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It was a good start to day four of the 2015 AIBA World Championships for the Uzbekistan team, with three boxers progressing through to the quarter finals despite a surprise defeat for Shakhobiddin Zoirov at the hands of China’s fleet-footed WSB boxer Hu Jianguan.

Cuba’s two-time PanAmerican Games champion Leinier Pero could find no answers to the attacks of Uzbekistan’s promising Bakhodir Jalolov, who has already won four international AOB tournaments in 2015 and made it to the quarter-finals of the super heavyweight class.

Filipino welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial took on Spain’s Youba Ndiaye Sissokho with renewed vigour following a pep-talk with his idol Manny Pacquiao the day before, and Marcial grew stronger as the contest went on to comfortably progress.

“I was so excited going in to the championship knowing that my idol Manny Pacquiao would be coming to Qatar. His advice was to dominate the bout and be aggressive and I knew after the first round I could do that and enjoy the contest,” said Marcial after the match.

Two-time EUBC European light heavyweight Champion Joseph Ward may only be 22 years old, but he clearly thrives on the biggest stages. The Irish APB boxer had a stern test in the form of Ukraine’s AIBA Youth World Champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak, but he found his reach in the second round to edge through to the quarters.

Earlier on in the flyweight class, Venezuela’s AMBC American Champion Yoel Finol suffered a surprise defeat to Colombia’s Ceiber David Avila, while Kazakhstan’s WSB giant Olzhas Sattibayev narrowly overcame Bulgaria’s teenage sensation Daniel Asenov in a thrilling contest.

Kazakhstan also boast a strong pedigree in the welterweight class, and defending AIBA World Champion and WSB team champion Daniyar Yeleussinov marched on in the competition by defeating Belarusian Pavel Kastramin.