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Three GB boxers go for Gold as Campbell, Evans and Joshua make Olympic finals
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Three GB Boxers will go for gold on the final weekend of the 2012 Olympic Games after wins today for Luke Campbell, FredEvans and Anthony Joshua in a fantastic day of boxing by the men after Nicola Adams' gold medal heroics yesterday.
The boxing team has already delivered GreatBritain’s best performance at the Olympics since 1956. Winning one more gold, to add to that won byNicola in the women’s competition, will match the achievement of 1956. Two more will surpass it and represent GreatBritain’s best performance since 1908.
The day began with a fine performance fromHull bantamweight who overcame SatoshiShimizu of Japan 20-11 with a trademark composed performance. Against a game and awkward opponent, Luke quicklyfound his range to build-up an early lead and then matched the Japanese boxer forwork-rate, winning the last round 9-5, as Shimizu mounted a final onslaught. Luke will box John Joe Nevin of Irelandin Saturday night’s final.
He will be joined in the finals by FredEvans from Wales after he defeated the Ukranian world champion, TarasShelestyuk in the eveningsession. A superb opening round sawEvans take a 4-1 lead with a series of incisive jabs and sharpcombinations. An even second round sawFred take a three point lead into the final round which he held onto despite abig effort from the Ukranian. Evans willbox Serik Sapayev from Kazhakstan in Sunday’s final.
Joining Evans in Sunday’s closing session ofboxing will be super heavyweight Anthony Joshua after a nail-biting 13-11 victoryover the giant Khazak Ivan Dychko. A cagey opening saw the boxers even after tworounds as Joshua used his speed to counter Dychko’s height and reach advantage.
Spurred on by a vociferous home crowd,Joshua upped his attacks in the final round and pierced Dychko’s defences on anumber of occasions to open up a two point advantage that saw him home.
In a repeat of last year’s worldchampionship quarter final, Joshua will box the defending Olympic champion,Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in the last bout of the tournament on Sunday afternoonfor the gold medal.
The day also saw Anthony Ogogo and bow outof the tournament with a bronze medal. Themiddleweight, who delivered one of the most memorable bouts of the tournamentin his second round victory over world champion Ievgen Khytrov, eventually ran out of heroicsas he lost out to Brazil’s powerful middleweight 16-9.
The man from Lowestoft, once again showed hehas the heart to match his fitness and skills but in his fourth tough bout ofan extremely demanding tournament he just did not have enough to overcome theBrazilian. He leaves with a thoroughly welldeserved bronze medal to add to his Commonwealth Games silver from Delhi 2010.
The line-up for the finals is:
8.30-10.30pm,Saturday11 August 2012
Luke Campbell (GB) vs John Joe Nevin (IRE)
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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For updates from inside the GB BoxingOlympic camp follow @MattHoltGBBox.