Antony Fowler has capped a triumphant week for GB Boxing by becoming the ninth boxer from Great Britain to secure a place at the 2016 Olympic Games today at the European Continental Qualification Event in Samsun, Turkey.
The middleweight from Liverpool booked his place at Rio with a hard fought victory over Xhek Paskali of Germany in the third place box-off.
He joins Nicola Adams, Galal Yafai, Qais Ashfaq, Muhammad Ali, Joe Cordina, Joshua Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Joe Joyce who all secured their Olympic places yesterday on a historic day for GB Boxing.
The charge for Rio began when Adams became the first boxer from Great Britain to qualify for the Games as she outclassed Norway’s Marielle Hansen to secure a unanimous victory in the flyweight contest.
She was swiftly followed by Galal Yafai who overcame Samuel Carmona of Spain in his light-flyweight contest to become the first male boxer from Great Britain to book a place at Rio and emulate the feat of his brother Khalid who qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The pair were soon joined by Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq as Great Britain qualified three boxers in the afternoon session.
A stunning evening session saw all five boxers from Great Britain secure victory as flyweight, Muhammad Ali, lightweight, Joe Cordina, light-heavyweight, Joshua Buatsi, heavyweight, Lawrence Okolie and super-heavyweight, Joe Joyce secured their places at Rio.
Ali showed maturity beyond his years to overcome the European champion, Daniel Asenov, whilst Wales’ Joe Cordina was too elusive for Ireland’s heavy hitting David Joyce.
A bruising encounter saw Joshua Buatsi overcome Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak at light-heavyweight before Lawrence Okolie and Joe Joyce ended the day in style with comprehensive victories.
In the heavyweight contest, Lawrence Okolie, belied his inexperience to completely overpower the world number three, Abdulkadir Abdullayev of Azerbaijan, who was fortunate to see out the contest after the Londoner inflicted a standing count in the third round.
Joe Joyce was in a similarly destructive mood in the super-heavyweight contest against Hungary’s Istvan Bernath, enforcing thee standing counts in the third round to win the contest by Technical Knockout (TKO) and round-off a historic day for Great Britain’s boxers.
The eight semi-final winners will compete in the finals of the competition which will take place on Saturday and Sunday and be televised live on the on the BBC’s red button service, online and connected.
Saturday 16th April
1200-1400: Afternoon session
1600-1800: Evening session (Red Button – joining 30 mins late because of Final Score)
Sun 17th April
1200-1440: Afternoon session
1600-1800: Evening session