Baku 2015: Joyce head over heels after gold secured

26 June 2015 / 13:59

Super-heavyweight Joe Joyce admitted he had to go all-out attack to ensure he would be leaving Baku with a European Games gold medal.

The 29-year-old was trailing on points following the first round of his final against Russia’s Gasan Gimbatov.

But Joyce kept his composure to move into the ascendancy and claim gold – Team GB’s fifth boxing medal of these Games.

The Londoner, who won Commonwealth gold in Glasgow last summer, said: “I went at it but I had to. I’m here to win and I’ll do that by any means possible.

“It’s brilliant, I’m over the moon.

“This has been such a good experience and a brilliant atmosphere. This is definitely up there with the Commonwealth Games.”

As a result of reaching the final Joyce qualified for the World Championships in Doha later this year, another step towards next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

He added: “Qatar is the next one for me so I’m going to enjoy my success here then get back to the gym and start training hard and focus in on the Worlds.”

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