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Campbell wins gold to ensure best GB boxing performance for nearly a century
Page last updated at 10:54AM BST, Sunday, 12 August 2012
Luke Campbell delivered his best performanceof the tournament to win Great Britainís second gold medal of the tournamentand ensure the team now has its best boxing medal haul since 1920.
I'm lost for words. It'ssomething I've worked for all my life. I can't believe it. Nevin's a top boxer,it was a very difficult fight, very technical. It was just about outwittingeach other.
The cool-headed bantamweight from Hull defeatedIreland’s John Joe Nevin 14-11 in a tense affair at the ExCeL Arena to secure thegold medal in front a frenzied home crowd that repeatedly spurred the boxer onwith chants of “Campbell”.
Only one point separated the boxers aftertwo rounds but a knockdown by Campbell in the third gave him the momentum tosee it out and secure the gold medal to the delight of the crowd.
He becomes the first bantamweight to wingold since 1908 and emulated Nicola Adams’s success in the women’s flyweightcategory.
Welterweight Fred Evan and superheavyweight AnthonyJoshua will compete in the final day of action today and put the seal on fantasticperformance by GB Boxing that has seen half of the team secure a medal.
Speaking afterwards, a visibly emotionalCampbell said: “I'm lost for words. It'ssomething I've worked for all my life. I can't believe it. Nevin's a top boxer,it was a very difficult fight, very technical. It was just about outwittingeach other.
“I had to be on my game to win and thankfully I was. I can't believe it. I'm very proud to be from Hull and Ireally appreciate all the support both there and here in London.
The line-up for the final day of boxingaction is:
1.30-4.30pm,Sunday 12 August 2012
Fred Evans (GB) vs Serik Sapayev (KAZ)
Anthony Joshua (GB) vs Roberto Cammarelle(ITA)
All results and bout reports will be postedon www.gbboxing.org.uk.
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