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GB Boxing guarantees 4 medals at the European Championships as Edwards, Selby, Stalker and Evans qualify for the semi-finals
Page last updated at 9:12AM BST, Wednesday, 22 June 2011
18 year old Charlie Edwards led the charge as four boxers from Great Britain secured a medal at the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Ankara.
Itís great being part of this team and hopefully, some of us can go right through to the finals on Saturday.
In his first senior International since joining GB Boxing’s Podium Squad, the Croydon teenager defeated Jose Kelvin Nevin of Spain to secure a place in Thursday’s semi-finals and guarantee at least a bronze medal.
Edwards said: “I am obviously delighted to come to my first senior major and pick up a medal, especially beating the silver medallist from last year. But I've got a semi final to box now, and I don't want the tournament to finish here. It’s great being part of this team and hopefully, some of us can go right through to the finals on Saturday.”
Edwards was joined in the semis by Andrew Selby and Fred Evans from Wales and Liverpool’s Tom Stalker. It was the third time Selby has secured a medal at the Championships and adds to the bronzes he won in 2008 and 2010.
Thursday’s semi finals can be watched live on the internet at http://www.trt.net.tr/canli/canli.aspx?kanal=TV3&slv=0
GB Boxing’s other quarter finalists, Luke Campbell, Martin Ward and Anthony Joshua all lost out narrowly on a day of close contests. Campbell was particularly unlucky to be outpointed by the home favourite Furkan Ulas Memis in a bout which left many in the GB camp baffled by the 12-9 scoreline in favour of the Turk.
Details of all bouts are as follows:
49kg: Charlie Edwards v Jose Kelvin Nevin (Spain) 16-13
Charlie was the busier boxer and got off to a solid start moving into a 5-4 lead at the end of first round. Both boxers connected with blows in the second and the Spaniard edged into a 10-9 lead. An unbelievable final round from Charlie in which he peppered his opponent with scoring shots to body and head, left only one victor.
56kg: Luke Campbell v Furkan Ulas Memis (Turkey) 9-12
It was a slow start with both boxers eyeing each other up, but the Turk took a 3-2 lead into the second round. The second round was equally cat and mouse, with the referee warning both boxers to engage. The Turk took a one point lead into the last round and despite throwing very few punches, came away with a 12-9 victory in a bout it seems Luke was destined not to win. The Hull southpaw can count himself very unlucky to have gone out at the QF stage.
64kg: Tom Stalker v Hrachik Javakhyan (Armenia) 13-10
Throwing the greater number of punches including a lovely backhand left Tom nudged into a 4-3 lead at the end of the first. Boxing superbly in the second the Salisbury Southpaw stalked his opponent, opening up a 3 point lead going into the last. Tom motored home with another fine round on his way to a 13-10 win. Another guaranteed bronze for GB.
52kg: Andrew Selby v Elie Konki (France) 31-17
Throwing plenty of shots in the first round, Andrew edged into a 6-5 lead, but there was more to come in the second where Andrew used his unbelievable handspeed to fire in shot after shot to race to a seven point lead. In the last the boy from Barry broke the 30 point barrier on the way to his third consecutive European bronze medal and the third in the bag in this tournament for the GB team.
60kg: Martin Ward v Vladimir Sarukhanyan (Armenia) 15-22
In a fiery first round Martin was on the backfoot, picking off the Armenian, but his opponent managed to build a 7-4 lead. A warning in the second set Martin back going into the last 15-8 down and this was too much of a deficit to claw back.
69kg: Fred Evans v Islam Edisultanov (Russia) 16-14
Boxing with discipline, movement and guile Fred moved into a 4-3 lead at the end of the first. The Russian came back strongly in the second moving forward all the time and did enough to move into a one point lead. But this story had three magnificent minutes to run, and in a barnstorming final round from Fred, firing great shots into the Russian, the Welshman overturned the deficit to run out a 16-14 winner and European bronze medallist with a chance of the silver.
91kg: Anthony Joshua v Mihai Nistor (Romania) RSC 3
Against the robust Romanian Joshua got off to a solid start, going into the second just a point behind at 5-4. A great second round in which he fired plenty of shots at his opponent allowed Josh to move into a 13-7 lead going into the last. It wasn't to be however, as a couple of solid punches from the Romanian led to two standing counts in close succession and he was retired by the corner.