Confident display from Richardson secures GB Boxing’s first win at final Olympic qualification event in Bangkok

By 26th May 2024News

LIGHT-MIDDLEWEIGHT Lewis Richardson earned both his and GB Boxing’s first win at the final world qualification event for Paris 2024 following a unanimous victory.

There was some disappointment on day three in Thailand however, as Patris Mughalzai’s competition came to an end following defeat.

Despite a difficult start for the team so far in Bangkok, which has seen three members of the squad lose their opening bouts, Colchester’s Richardson put in a confident performance across all three rounds to secure a unanimous points victory over Honduras’ Brandon Chavez.

The win means that the light-middleweight will now box again on Tuesday in the round of 32 at 10:00am UK time, this time against Kasra Tahmasebi of Iran.

Richardson said: “It feels great (to get the win). I’m feeling strong mentally and physically and in a great place so I’m looking forward to the next one.

“I go again on Tuesday and I’m feeling fresh and ready to go. I’ve got a great support team both out here and at home so I’m just full of positive vibes and I’m looking to get the job done – one fight at a time.

“We’ve had a few tough draws as a team, and everyone has performed well but it’s good to get the first win for the team and hopefully we can push on now and keep going.

“Leeds are in the play-off final today so I’ll have a quick stretch off, cool down, ice bath recovery and then sit down and catch the second half if I can!”

Richardson’s teammate Patris Mughalzai was also in action on day three in Bangkok, however the light-welterweight was beaten unanimously by Colombia’s Jose Viafara Fory.

Two GB Boxers are in action tomorrow, first up at women’s lightweight is Amy Broadhurst who will take on Spain’s Sheila Martinez at 08:00am UK time.

Following that in the day’s later session at 15:00pm is light-heavyweight, Ramtin Musah, who faces Krygstan’s Omurbek Bekzhigit Uulu.