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GB Boxers finish the World Championships with two bronze medals
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GB Boxing has finished the World Championships with two bronze medals after Andrew Selby and Antony Fowler were unable to progress beyond today’s semi-finals in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
It is early days in the Olympic cycle and we arrived here with a relatively inexperienced squad, so to come away with two medals from a tough World Championships is a very good outcome and a better result than we achieved at the same point four years ago.
England’s Fowler was forced to withdraw from his semi-final with Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan with a severe hand injury sustained in his quarter-final victory over Germany’s Stefan Haertel.
Welsh flyweight, Selby, found himself on the wrong-end of a close decision, which could have gone either way, losing 2:1 to Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan in a very tight contest.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “It is early days in the Olympic cycle and we arrived here with a relatively inexperienced squad, so to come away with two medals from a tough World Championships is a very good outcome and a better result than we achieved at the same point four years ago. I thought that Andrew Selby was very unlucky today and could easily have got the decision after boxing well in all three rounds.
“Overall, it has been a good learning experience for a lot of the younger boxers and they will be stronger for the experience and go away with a clearer sense of what it takes to become an elite international boxer. It will have provided them with an indication of the quality benchmark in international boxing and a better understanding what they need to do to improve when they get back into the gym.
“Andrew Selby has shown once again that he is a top-class boxer and, in only his second major championship, Antony Fowler has demonstrated that he has what it takes to win medals at the highest level so they are the big positives that we can take from the last two weeks.”
Andrew Selby said: “It has been a hard couple of weeks and it was a tough contest today but I thought I had done enough to win, so it is a disappointment to not make the World final for a second time. It just wasn’t to be this time but overall I have had a good year in 2013, winning gold at the Europeans and bronze at the Worlds, so it augurs well for the future and is a good start on the road to Rio in 2016.”
Selby’s bronze is his sixth major championship medal and means he has now won more major medals than any Great Britain boxer in history. He won European bronze medals in 2008 and 2010 and golds in 2011 and 2013. In 2011 he secured silver in the World Championships to go with the bronze he won today.
Antony Fowler said: “I am absolutely gutted that I could not compete today as I have been boxing really well and feel I could have gone all the way, however the coaches and the medical team told me it was not safe to continue and I had to listen to their advice. The injury would have seriously affected my ability to punch and run the risk of long-term damage so I had to withdraw.
“It’s been a great tournament and I feel like I have proven that I can compete at the elite level, so whilst I am disappointed now, I am sure that when I look back in a few days I will be pleased with what I have achieved here.”
Securing two medals in Almaty means boxers from the GB Boxing squad have won five medals at two major championships in 2013, after Andrew Selby took gold and Joe Joyce and Jack Bateson came away with bronze from the European Championships in June.
Overall, male and female boxers from the GB Boxing squad have won 31 medals in 9 major international competitions since Rob McCracken took over as Performance Director in November 2009.