Great Britain’s boxers return from Serbia with six medals

By 4th April 2022News

Men and Women from Great Britain have returned from the Belgrade Winner tournament in Serbia with six medals including gold for flyweight Kiaran MacDonald.

Helen Jones, Charley Davison and Rosie Eccles had to settle for silver whilst Ramtin Musah and Shona Whitwell claimed bronze – meaning six of the nine boxers competing on behalf of GB Boxing earned podium finishes.

On the final day of action in Serbia, Kiaran MacDonald entered the ring for the fourth time in five days when he faced Kyrgyzstan’s Nurzhigit Diushebaev.

MacDonald once again dominated the affair, as he had done in his previous bouts up to this point, by winning unanimously for the fourth time of the competition to seal the team’s first and only gold medal in Belgrade.

It is the first time the flyweight had been top of the podium since last year’s Socikas tournament in Lithuania.

Elsewhere in the women’s finals, after earning her place in the light-flyweight final with a unanimous victory, Wales’ Helen Jones took on the host’s Nina Radovanovic but found herself on the wrong side of a narrow-split decision defeat in a bout that could have gone either way, handing her the team’s first silver medal of the competition.

She was soon followed into the ring by Charley Davison who was competing for the first time in the tournament when she took on Turkey’s Buzenas Cakiroglu. Unfortunately for Davison it was the Tokyo 2020 silver medallist who came out on top to claim flyweight gold in Belgrade.

Concluding the day’s final action was Rosie Eccles in the welterweight contest. After stopping her semi-final opponent within two rounds, Eccles was looking to repeat the feat but was unable to get better of Serbia’s Milena Matovic.

Middleweight Ramtin Musah just missed out on the chance to at least match his recent Boxam silver medal when he was beat in his semi-final clash with Jovan Nikolic whilst Shona Whitwell was unfortunately disqualified from her bout with Natalija Shadrina in the third round meaning both walked away with bronze.

Jake Dodd, Harvey Lambert, and Demie-Jade Resztan also competed for the team in Serbia, but all suffered quarter-final defeats to miss out on the medal stages.