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Josh Taylor books his place at London 2012
Page last updated at 2:34PM UTC, Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Scottish boxer Josh Taylor earns his spot for GB in the 2012 Olympic Games with a sublime performance against Armenian Vladimir Sarukhanyan, but Liverpudlian Sam Maxwell loses a tough bout against a local boxer.rnA win for Callum Smith this afternoon sees him one win away from qualification.
I'm really proud that I'll be the only Scotsman on the team and I'm just going to keep listening to the coaches, work hard in the gym and get my preparations absolutely right for London where I'll be doing everything I can to make the country proud of me at 2012.
Josh will progress to the semi finals safe in the knowledge that he will be boxing at the ExCeL in London this summer. GB Boxing has already filled six of a possible ten places for 2012.
He said: "It's an unbelievable feeling to have qualified for London and to get the opportunity to compete at the Olympics.
"It was always going to be tough to qualify, but I have trained really hard and came into the tournament in good form so I was feeling confident and am chuffed to have made it.
"I'm really proud that I'll be the only Scotsman on the team and I'm just going to keep listening to the coaches, work hard in the gym and get my preparations absolutely right for London where I'll be doing everything I can to make the country proud of me at 2012."
GB Performance Director Rob McCracken said: "Josh has done really well to qualify and it is great that we will now have England, Scotland and Wales all represented in the boxing team that competes at London.
"He's trained incredibly hard since the worlds last year, especially coming down the weight, and this is just reward for all the effort. Now the objective moves on to winning a medal and he's got the talent to do it"
60kg: Josh Taylor v Vladimir Sarukhanyan (Armenia) 17:9
A fantastic performance from the man from Prestonpans, boxing his way into the semi-finals and meeting the Olympic qualification standard.
Josh took control from the off building a 4-2 lead in the first with some clean hitting. Weathering a stormy second the Lochend ABC boxer added an additional point to his lead going into the last where some top class counter punching led to a delightful and convincing 17-9 win.
60kg: Sam Maxwell v Fatih Keles (Turkey) 17:9
Another great performance from Sam, and a great tournament after defeating Selimov, but perhaps this was a bout Sam was never destined to win, against a Trabzon born boxer. Sam boxed well from the start but at each stage the judges favoured the Turk who took leads of 6-3 and 11-5 into the second and third rounds respectively. Sam boxed a brilliant final round, throwing everything at his opponent to gain parity, but it just wasn't to be and the scoreline finished 17-9.
81kg Callum Smith v Imre Szello (Hungary) 16:6
Another textbook display saw the Rotunda man boxing his way to a place in the semi-finals. The Hungarian was never in the race as Callum eased into a 4-1 lead at the end of round one. An array of lovely straight shots and perfectly delivered left hooks allowed Callum to add another five points to his lead in the second. There was more of the same in the last and the laconic scouser cruised to a 16-6 victory.
One more win for Callum would guarantee qualification, although he could also go through if he loses to the eventual winner in the semi finals.
Warren Baister and Anthony Ogogo will box this evening.