GB Boxing’s Charley Davison and Rosie Eccles sealed their place in the Belgrade Winner Tournament final yesterday, whilst seven of the men secured podium finishes by winning their quarter-final bouts, however Galal Yafai and Peter McGrail have since been withdrawn.
Elsewhere, Lightweight Caroline Dubois was narrowly beaten via a split decision by Italy’s Valentina Bustamante meaning that despite losing her 100% senior record, she does win her very first medal as a senior, winning bronze.
“Super-mum” Charley Davison made it three wins in as many days as she marked her return to competition after over a year out the ring with a place in the final two after beating Russia’s Aleksandra Kuleshova via unanimous decision.
The mum of three, who only returned to the sport after a 7 year hiatus in 2019, last boxed at the Boxing Road to Tokyo London Qualifier where she won her opening bout meaning she is one victory away from securing her place on the plane to Tokyo when the tournament resumes in June.
She will now face Nina Radovanovic in the final on TUESDAY.
Like Charley, Rosie also competed at the London Qualifier where she was narrowly beaten by Saadat Dalgatova.
However, the welterweight has bounced back in impressive style as she secures her second medal of 2021 in as many tournaments, winning bronze at February’s Bocskai and now ensuring a silver medal at least after reaching the final in Serbia.
The 25-year-old has made short work of her opponents so far with both of her bouts not lasting the distance. Her first opponent, Balzhan Askar was withdrawn after the second round, and in her semi-final bout yesterday against the host nation’s Aleksandra Rapaic, the ref was forced to stop the contest in the final round.
She will now face Uzbekistan’s Navbakhor Khamidova this afternoon as she looks to round off a successful few days with gold.
It was a successful round of quarter-final bouts for all of GB Boxing’s men as all seven who competed, earned their places in the semi-final stages ensuring bronze medals at least.
European Champion Pat McCormack made it three wins from three as he made his way into the final four.
The world number one welterweight was up against fellow home nation Scotland and Stephen Newns, winning via unanimous decision like his previous two bouts in the tournament.
The 25-year-old will now face the host nation’s Vahid Abasov later today and will be joined be at the semi-final stage by his twin brother Luke.
At 63kg, Luke took on the host nation’s Nenad Jovanovic in one of the day’s earlier bouts and was victorious after an unanimous decision.
He will now be up against Artur Subhankulov of Russia in his semi-final.
Super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke was quick to ensure he earned his second podium finish of the year as his bout against Romania’s Cristian Filip was abandoned after the first round with Filip being withdrawn.
After winning gold at the Bocskai, Frazer will be hoping to end this tournament in the same fashion but will have to beat Kazakhstan’s Nurlan Saparbay if he wants to book his place in tomorrow’s final.
Cheavon Clarke also competed in the Bocskai earlier this year but was narrowly defeated at the quarter-final stage via split decision.
However at the same stage in Serbia, the heavyweight made no mistake in ensuring he finished on the podium as he unanimously beat Moldova’s Andreii Zaplitnii.
It means he heads into his semi-final bout this afternoon with Russia’s Timur Gamzatov knowing he is guaranteed a bronze medal.
Ben Whittaker was the final member of the team to ensure he ends the competition with a medal round his neck after he faced Kyrgyzstan’s Erkin Adylbek.
In a closely fought contest it was Ben who came out on top thanks to a split decision.
He now faces Montenegro’s Petar Marcic in the final four with a win taking him into the final.
After marking their return to competition since confirming their Olympic status in the final session of the suspended London qualifier with four convincing performances between them out in Serbia, Galal Yafai and Peter McGrail have been withdrawn from the competition.
In yesterday’s action, Galal won with an unanimous victory over Ibrahim Boukedim of France whilst Peter also took on a member of the French squad in the form of Selim Bouaita and dispatched of his fellow featherweight via split decision (4:1).
Today’s SCHEDULE (26/04) is as follows:
63kg – Luke McCormack ENG v Artur Subhankulov RUS – Bout 6; approx. 14:45
W69kg – Rosie Eccles v Navbakhor Khamidova UZB – Bout 5; approx. 15:00 – FINAL
69kg – Pat McCormack ENG v Vahid Abasov SRB – Bout 8; approx. 15:15
81kg – Ben Whittaker ENG v Petar Marcic MNE – Bout 11; approx. 16:00
91kg – Cheavon Clarke v Timur Gamzatov RUS – Bout 9; approx. 16:00
91+kg – Frazer Clarke ENG v Nurlan Saparbay KAZ – Bout 12 approx; 16:45
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