British quartet guaranteed medals at European Boxing Championships
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British quartet guaranteed medals at European Boxing Championships

21 June 2017 / 18:30

Four members of the British Lionhearts squad are guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the European Boxing Championships after reaching the semi-finals in Kharkiv.

Having previously sealed a qualification spot at the World Championships, Luke McCormack, Peter McGrail, Cheavon Clarke and Galal Yafai all won their bouts to progress to the last four.

Rio 2016 Olympian Yafai overcame Scotland's Aqeel Ahmed to make the light-flyweight semi-finals, while Clarke delivered an impressive display against 2015 European champion Abdulkadir Abdullayev in a first-round stoppage.

Light-welterweight McCormack beat Ireland's Sean McComb by split decision to reach the last four in Ukraine, while McGrail won courtesy of a unanimous decision over Denmark’s Ahmed Chaouki El Ahmad.

So far 12 Britons have sealed a place at the Worlds in Hamburg later this summer, ten of which come from the elite GB squad.

GB Boxing's performance director Rob McCracken called the numbers of those qualified an "excellent achievement."

Wednesday's evening session of quarter-finals will see five more English fighters compete – headlined by Rio 2016 Olympian Pat McCormack – the only fighter in the squad with previous experience at a European or World Championships.

The semi-finals will take place on Friday, with those victorious taking to the ring for the gold-silver medal bouts later this weekend.

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