Terry Edwards, who led British boxers in Beijing to their best medal haul since 1956 before controversially being axed as head coach, has collected his MBE at Buckingham Palace. “It is an enormous honour and I feel very humble,” said Edwards of Orpington.

“This was my third Olympic Games. I coached Audley Harrison (super heavyweight gold in 2000) and Amir Khan (lightweight silver in 2004) and they rightly deserved the adulation that they got. “It is not often that the support staff and coaches get recognised. “I am still passionate about the sport.” British boxers won one gold and two bronze medals in Beijing. This included a gold for middleweight James DeGale and bronze medals for super heavyweight David Price and light heavyweight Tony Jeffries.

BEIJING - AUGUST 23:  Gold medalist James Dega...