Baku 2015: Ashfaq on a gold mission at European Games

19 June 2015 / 13:44

Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq is looking ahead with confidence after an impressive victory over Turkish rival Selcuk Eker at the European Games.

The 22-year old will now take on Germany's Omar El-Hag in the boxing quarter-finals - a fighter he beat in their last encounter.

And he believes momentum is now on his side after two confident displays in Baku.

"It was close and he is a tough kid and has been to the Olympics and everything, he's been around for years," said Ashfaq.

"I was glad I got the win and I need to go and get the gold now. 

"He was busy but I thought I hit him with the cleaner shots. I got back to my corner after the first and I forgot about the first round and reset myself and got the win.

"I've boxed the the German before and beat him but he's a tough kid. I'm confident I can get the win though."

However, there was disappointment for former world middleweight champion Savannah Marshall, who suffered a surprise first round loss to Dutch rival Nouchka Fontijn.

"I'm gutted, I saw that I lost every round which I feel was a little harsh, but she was just a better boxer on the day," admitted Marshall.

"It’s the third time we have fought against each  other and it’s now 2-1 to her.

"To be fair she’s world class and I think she will go on and win the tournament, so that makes it a little easier to take."  

Light flyweight Harvey Horn, 19, also suffered a defeat in Baku against experienced Russian Bator Sagaluvev. However, he vowed next time he'd be turning the tables.

“I'm more than disappointed with that, I'm absolutely gutted," said Horn. "But what can you do? I boxed my best on the day but he's a world class Russian.

“I got a tough draw and I knew I was up against it but at the end of the day I should have performed better. If I get him again then it'll be game over.

“It shows that I can mix it with the best, I've got a long way to go but I'm only young and these are all men."

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