Buatsi wins Team GB's first boxing medal with light heavyweight bronze

Buatsi wins Team GB's first boxing medal with light heavyweight bronze

17 August 2016 / 00:02

Joshua Buatsi has won Team GB's first boxing medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by securing light heavyweight bronze on a day where three British medals were guaranteed in the ring.

The 23-year-old Londoner is confirmed as a bronze medallist after a semi-final 3:0 points defeat to Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov. All losing boxing semi-finalists are awarded a bronze medal.

Nicola Adams guaranteed herself another Olympic medal as she progress to semi-finals of women's flyweight while super heavyweight Joe Joyce will also collect at least a bronze medal after reaching the last four in the category.

But it was Buatsi who is first of the boxers to confirm the colour of his medal and despite the achievement; he admitted he would have liked to have made the gold medal match.

“I’m disappointed but a bronze medal surpasses all expectations,” he said.

“Once I got here and I was winning, I was aiming for gold and nothing else but coming out no one expected a medal. I did the hard work and I gave it my best shot.

“I was frustrated and I was showing it and I shouldn’t have shown it. When someone is holding you back you want to say something to the referee. He was restricting me but he did what he had to.”

Olympic Champion Adams made her semi-final with a hard-fought victory over Ukraine's Tetyana Kob.

“It’s put me into the medals,” said Adams.

“She was a tough opponent, she never stopped coming forward, was really aggressive and quite strong. I just had to get through it.”

Joyce made his own semi-final with a points win against Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in a contest he dominated throughout.

“It is better than nothing to come away with a medal because now I have all the medals but I want to get the gold and to bring it back to Britain,” he said.

“The gold medal is the biggest thing you can achieve so it is up to me to box to the best of my ability and try and achieve my dreams.”

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