An excellent performance in Milan from Italia Thunder resulted in a 5-0 whitewash victory over Argentina Condors.
Ireland’s Patrick Barnes has been one of the best boxers in the entire World Series of Boxing (WSB) this season, and the Thunder representative won his sixth fight of the campaign against Junior Zarate.
Barnes won every round in the match, and remains at number one in the Light flyweight (49 kg) rankings with just one bout to go.
The Irish star is two points ahead of nearest rival Hasanboy Dusmatov who also won this weekend, and if Barnes wins his last match of the Regular Season he is all but guaranteed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Another Irish fighter who has put himself in position to reach Rio through WSB is Michael Conlan, who moved to second in the Bantamweight (56 kg) rankings after dominating Argentina’s 0-3 Ignacio Perrin.
Two Bantamweights will qualify for the Olympic Games, and after Francisco Martinez lost on Friday night, Conlan will be confident of his chances to compete in Rio next year.
Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre is also on the cusp of Olympic qualification, and his win over Ronan Nahuel Sanchez took him back to the top of the Light welterweight (64 kg) rankings.
Mangiacapre’s victory also secured the overall success for Italy which is important for their chances of qualifying from Group B.
Another Italian triumph took place at Middleweight (75 kg) when Raffaele Munno outpointed Christian Zarate.
The Thunder whitewash was confirmed in the last bout of the evening as Italian Heavyweight (91 kg) Fabio Turchi beat Dario Alcapan.
Italia Thunder host Rafako Hussars Poland next, while Argentina Condors welcome Caciques Venezuela.