John Joe Nevin’s Paris United crashed out of the World Series of Boxing Team Championships at the quarter-finals stage after losing 5-0 to Willie McLaughlin’s Milano Thunder in Milan last night.
The Parisians, the defending champions, went into last night’s match holding a 3-2 advantage from Monday’s first-leg win over Thunder in Paris.
London 2012 Olympian Nevin (Cavan BC) contributed to that margin of victory with a split decision over Serbia’s Branimir Stankovic.
McLaughlin (ILLies GG Donegal) helped pull one back for Thunder with a 4th round TKO of Joe Mulema of the Cameroon.
Monday’s win left United needing three victories to progress to the semi-finals from the return leg.
But Thunder bid arrivederci to the French side with last night’s rout which saw them advance to the last-four 7-3 on aggregate.
Neither Nevin or McLaughlin were in action last evening.
It is expected the fans favourite McLaughlin, who has won four-in-a-row for Thunder in the WSB this season, will feature in the semi-finals.
Thunder will meet either Patrick Gallagher’s Mumbai Fighters or the Baku Fires in the last-four.
The Fires meet the Fighters in Azerbaijan tonight looking to overturn a 3-2 first-leg deficit.
The Leipzig Leopards, who signed Ireland’s Ken Egan and Con Sheehan at the start of the season, are out of the tournament after being thrashed 10-0 on aggregate by Dynamo Moscow.