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Campbell secures Team GB’s first boxing medal of 2012
Page last updated at 9:25PM BST, Sunday, 05 August 2012
Luke Campbell has secured Team GB’s first boxing medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games with a tense 16-15 victory over Detelin Dalakliev of Bulgaria in the bantamweight quarter final.
The Hull southpaw showed composure and a calm head to overturn a one point deficit with a superb final round as the Bulgarian visibly tired and repeatedly held on.
Both fighters began at pace with Dalakliev opening up a one point lead after the first. Campbell came back strongly in the second yet despite landing a series of clean left hands, he entered the final round one point down.
He delivered the most important three minutes of his career to take the last round 8-6 and secure the victory and a guaranteed bronze medal. He will box Satoshi Shimizu of Japan in Friday’s semi-final.
Next up for GB Boxing are all three women and two of the men who will compete in Monday’s quarter finals for a guaranteed medal.
The line up for the afternoon is:
· Nicola Adams (GB) vs Stoyka Petrova (BUL)
· Natasha Jonas (GB) vs Katie Taylor (IRE)
· Savannah Marshall (GB) vs Marina Volnova (KAZ)
The evening line-up is:
· Anthony Ogogo (GB) vs Stefan Hartel (GER)
· Anthony Joshua (GB) vs Zhang Zhilei (CHI)
All results and bout reports will be posted on www.gbboxing.org.uk.
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Full details of the draw are available at http://www.london2012.com/boxing/schedule-and-results/index.html.