Male and female boxers from the GB Boxing squad delivered a series of superb performances to win eight medals at last week’s U22 European Championships which was held in Vladikavkaz, Russia.
The group, which was made-up of boxers from England, Scotland and Wales finished the week with six silver medals and two bronze. They were denied an elusive gold on an agonising final day, which saw the boxers from Great Britain finish up on the wrong side of a series of close decisions.
English welterweight, Harris Akbar, and Welsh light-heavyweight, Sammy Lee, both lost on 3-2 split decisions which could easily have gone their way.
The other boxers that had to settle for a silver on the final day were Scottish middleweight, Sean Lazzerini and England’s flyweight, Kiaran MacDonald, heavyweight, Lewis Williams and women’s featherweight, Ellie Scotney.
Bronze medals also went to English lightweight, Shona Whitwell and Wales’ light welterweight, Micky McDonagh as eight of the 10 boxers selected from the GB Boxing squad to take part in the Championships made it onto the podium.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “This was a superb performance from the team and it was great to see boxers from all three home nations winning medals and performing so well at a very tough competition.
“The overall medal’s won by the team shows the strength in depth that we are developing within the squad and that the close relationships between GB Boxing’s pathways team and those in England, Scotland and Wales are helping to produce some great talents.”
The full results from the tournament are:
57kg Ellie Scotney (ENG)
52kg Kiaran MacDonald (ENG)
69kg Harris Akbar (ENG)
75kg Sean Lazzerini (SCO)
81kg Sammy Lee (WAL)
91kg Lewis Williams (ENG)
60kg Shona Whitwell (ENG)
64kg Mickey McDonagh (WAL)
Final bout results
57kg Ellie Scotney (ENG) lost to 57kg Irma Testa (ITA) via unanimous decision
52kg Kiaran Macdonald (ENG) lost to 52kg Daniel Asenov (BUL) via unanimous decision
69kg Harris Akbar (ENG) lost to 69kg Vakhid Abbasov (RUS) Harris LOST via split decision (3:2)
75kg Sean Lazzerini (SCO) lost to 75kg Aleksei Semykin (RUS) via unanimous decision
81kg Sammy Lee (WAL) lost to 81kg Oleksandr Pokhrebnyak (UKR) via split decision (3:2)
91kg Lewis Williams (ENG) lost to 91kg Ivanov Vladislav (RUS) by ABD (Bout abandoned at the end of R1 due to illness)