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Gold rush for GB Boxing on final day of test event with five gold medals from five finals
Page last updated at 6:09PM UTC, Sunday, 27 November 2011
All three home nations win gold medal as GB’s women lead the way - GB Boxing had a triumphant final day at the London International Invitational coming away with five gold medals from five finals at the Excel Arena in London.
Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas and Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall began the gold rush in the morning session with convincing victories.
Lightweight Jonas produced a fantastic display of controlled boxing to secure a 16-10 victory over the world number two, Cheng Dong of China. It capped a fantastic week for Natasha who also beat the world number four, Quinitta Underwood from America, and the world number seven, Anastasia Belyakova of Russia, en-route to today’s final.
She was soon followed by Savannah who secured a 13-10 victory over Dariga Shakimova of Kazhakstan in a cagey bout. It was Savannah’s first gold medal at the Olympic middleweight (75kg) category after she moved-up from Welterweight (69kg), where she was ranked number two in the world, at the start of 2011.
Natasha said: “It is massive for me to have beaten the world No.2. It is always good to get a win, but especially against somebody like Dong Cheng. She is just so awkward and tall and she knows how to use that to her advantage. It is the biggest victory of my career.”
Savannah added: “I haven’t won gold since March 2010, so I’m really pleased with the way this week has gone. This is only my third tournament at 75kg and I’m still just getting the feel of it. I feel I am getting stronger and this will give me confidence for the world championships next year. I want to thank my home coach Tim Coulter (head trainer at Headland Boxing Club, Hartlepool) and everyone at GB Boxing.”
The women’s success was matched in the afternoon session as England’s Martin Ward, Sean McGoldrick from Wales and Scotland’s Josh Taylor ensured all three home nations went home with a gold medal.
Repton lightweight, Ward showed his class with a 10-5 victory over Eugen Burhard of Germany.
Bantamweight McGoldrick secured another gold medal to go with that he won at the 2010 Commonwealth Games by beating Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand 14-10.
Scotland’s Josh Taylor made it five from five with a 13-10 win over Anthony Yigit of Sweden.
GB’s six medal haul was completed by Wales’s, Fred Evans, who won bronze medal in the Welterweight category.
Details of all today’s bouts are below:
60kg: Natasha Jonas v Cheng Dong (China) 16:10
A fantastic display from the Rotunda boxer sees her win her the gold medal here in London. The first round of the final saw Dong move into a 5-3 lead, but Natasha struck back with some fine straight hitting to win the second 3-0 and the third 4-1 and take a four point lead into the final round. The gap was too big for the Chinese boxer to close and a composed final round from Natasha saw her to a 16-10 win and GB's first gold medal of the day.
75kg: Savannah Marshall v Dariga Shakimova (Kazhakstan) 13:10
Team GB's second gold of the day as Savannah boxed her way to the win against the tough Kazakh. Three lovely left-hooks allowed Savannah to open up a 4-3 lead in the first round, and two points apiece left it 6-5 at the halfway mark. The Hartlepool boxer continued to fire in the cleaner punches to extend the lead to two points going into the last. A solid final round saw Savannah win the gold b
56kg: Sean McGoldrick v Worapoj Petchkoom (Thailand) 14:10
Another gold for GB! A good opening round for Sean saw him take a 5-3 lead into the second, where he added an additional point to his lead following some sharp exchanges of punches. Going into the last 9-6 down, the Thai boxer peppered shots at our Welsh Commonwealth Games Champion, but it was to no avail as McGoldrick countered with the necessary shots to secure the third gold medal of the day for GB.
60kg: Martin Ward v Eugen Burhard (Germany) 10:5
Martin secured the gold medal on home turf in front his entourage of supporters. A cagey opening led to the referee warning both boxers to box, and Martin had the better of subsequent exchanges moving into a 3-1 lead after round one. A great left hook from Martin was the pick of the shots in the second, and with the score 5-3 in the Repton boxer's favour going into the final round, a great final round with some flair from both competitors, but the better shots from Martin ended with a 10-5 victory and the gold.
64kg: Josh Taylor v Anthony Yigit (Sweden) 13:10
Another gold! After a busy opening round which the Swedish 2012 qualifier edged 3-2, Josh came into his stride in the second, scoring with straight shots and hooking to good effect to move into a close 9-8 lead going into the last. It was a frantic final three minutes with both boxers going full speed for the win, but it was the man from Prestonpans that took the win by the narrowest of margins. A fantastic gold for Josh by a margin of 13-10.