Great Britain's boxers making waves at Euros

Great Britain's boxers making waves at Euros

13 August 2015 / 10:37

Great Britain’s boxers are making significant strides towards Rio 2016 with six athletes guaranteed bronze medals from the European Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria.

Those medals also mean that World Championship qualification is secure which will see the six boxers move a step closer to sealing their Olympic berth.

Harvey Horn was up first for the Brits on Wednesday as he saw off Poland’s Dawid Jagodzinski.  

The number-two seed Pole applied plenty of pressure but Horn had the answers and was a comfortable winner and now faces Azerbaijan’s Rufat Huseynov in Friday’s 49kg semi-final.

Qais Ashfaq was also in fine form as he booked his semi-final spot by overcoming World Championship bronze medallist Mykola Butsenko of Ukraine.

Elsewhere there was victory for Pat McCormack but Troy Williamson was on the wrong end of a split decision at 75kg as he lost out to Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro.

However, there was more to cheer for the Brits in the evening as Muhammad Ali produced a solid performance to progress through to the semi-final with victory over Koryun Soghomonyan. 

Joe Cordina meanwhile stopped number one seed Domenico Valentino in the first round while Josh Buatsi guaranteed himself light-heavyweight bronze with a hard-fought win over Poland’s Mateusz Jerzy Tryc. 

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