GB Boxing Squad
Five out of today’s six competing GB boxers will progress through to the next round of the European Championships in Moscow. www.gbboxing.org.uk
The initial draw for the European Championships was announced this morning, with six of the GB team boxing in preliminaries today. Five out of the six made it through their first bouts with success and Tommy Stubbs is already in sight of a medal after his performance against Lithuania’s Marius Vysnuiaukas.

Iain Weaver, Gamal Yafai, Anthony Ogogo and Obed Mbwakongo will also progress to the final 16. The only Scot on the team, Stephen Simmons, put in a brave performance against Ioannis Militopoulos of Greece, but sadly it wasn’t enough.
Birmingham teenager Gamal Yafai led the British charge on day one in Moscow with an impressive major senior debut in his 54kg preliminary bout.

Yafai, whose older brother, Beijing Olympian Khalid, begins his medal campaign on Sunday, beat Israel’s Peter Moyshenzon 11-1 to move into the last 16 in some style.

Another podium squad newcomer, Bournemouth’s Iain Weaver, maintained his superb recent form with an 11-3 win over Rodrigues Molina of Spain at 57kg
Results so far are below.


Saturday 5th June:

48kg: Tommy Stubbs beat Marius Vysnuiaukas (Lithuania) (last 16) 9-3
Following two closely fought rounds with scores poised at 2-2, the triple ABA champion took the bout away from the Lithuanian in the last, using his reach to great effect to end up a convincing 9-3 winner. Tommy will box Irishman Paddy Barnes for a bronze medal on 9th June.

54kg: Gamal Yafai beat Peter Moyshenzon (Israel) (last 32) 11-1
Gamal took command from the opening bell, racing to a 6-0 first round lead with a series of hard shots. A couple more in the second and a trio of points in the last was more than enough to secure a decisive win against the Israeli.

57kg: Iain Weaver beat Rodrigues Molina (Spain) (last 32) 11-3
3-O up after the first round, Iain controlled the contest throughout, breaching the Spaniard’s defences regularly, before running out a comfortable winner. Iain will box Bashir Hassan-Salad of Sweden in the last 16 on Monday.

75kg: Anthony Ogogo beat Peter Mullenberg (Netherlands) (last 32) 7-0
After a cagey opening, Anthony took a 1-0 lead in the first round, extending this to 3-0 by the end of the second. The Lowestoft boxer chalked up another four points in the final round to finish a 7-0 winner. Anthony will box Darren O’Neill for a place in the quarter-finals.

81kg: Stephen Simmons lost to Loannis Militopoulos (Greece) (last 32) 9-4
In the first round Stephen recovered from a 3-0 deficit to finish on level terms. However, three more points conceded in the second left too much ground to recover and although Stephen boxed valiantly in the last, it wasn’t to be.

81kg: Obed Mbwakongo beat Kennedy Katende (Sweden) (last 32) 6-3
Using his jab and reach to great effect Obed raced to a 4-0 first round lead. A point apiece in a scrappy second left Obed with a four point lead going into the last and despite receiving a standing count, he ran out a 6-3 winner. Obed will compete against either Ozgul of Turkey or Nikolic of Serbia in the last 16.

Sunday 6th June:

51kg: Khalid Yafai v Aleksander Aleksandrov (Bulgaria) (last 16)
64kg: Lewis Rees v Onur Sipal (Turkey) (last 32)
64kg: Bradley Saunders v Samir Machrouh (France) (last 32)

Monday 7th June:

54kg: Andrew Selby v Pedro Matos (Portugal) (last 16)
60kg: Tom Stalker v Domenico Valentino (Italy) (last 16)
91kg: Warren Baister v Jozsef Darnos (Hungary) (last 32)

While the GB boxers are out in Moscow for the European Championships we’ll be passing on messages of support from fans, families and club mates.

Your messages will help motivate the team and keep spirits high while they’re far away from home; so if you have a message you want to get to the team, send it to: hannah.mclafferty@gbboxing.org.uk

Messages will be passed to the team on a daily basis and a selection of your messages will also be displayed on the GB Boxing website.


To keep up to date with the Great Britain team visit the website www.gbboxing.org.uk 

Day 2 Results from Moscow..
Khalid Yafai is through to the quarter finals of the European championships on day two in Moscow, but it was disappointment for Bradley Saunders and Lewis Rees.
Yafai reached the quarter finals, after comfortably defeating Bulgaria’s Aleksander Aleksandrov on the second day of the competition. Khalid will now box Derenik Gizhlaryan of Armenia for a guaranteed medal.
Bradley Saunders was left disappointed after the referee stopped his contest against Frenchman Samir Machrouh. Despite making a brilliant start and being ahead by four points, the Sedgefield boxer was referred to the doctor at ringside and the bout was ended. There was disappointment for Welshman Lewis Rees, after he suffered a 10-1 loss to Turkey’s Onur Sipal.
Anthony Ogogo and Obed Mbwakongo are still to box today.
Five out of yesterday’s six made it through their first bouts with success and Tommy Stubbs is already in sight of a medal after his performance against Lithuania’s Marius Vysnuiaukas.
Iain Weaver, Gamal Yafai, Anthony Ogogo and Obed Mbwakongo will also progress to the final 16. The only Scot on the team, Stephen Simmons, put in a brave performance against Ioannis Militopoulos of Greece, but sadly it wasn’t enough.
Sunday 6th June:
51kg: Khalid Yafai beat Aleksander Aleksandrov (Bulgaria) 6-4
After a close first round in which the scores were level at 1-1, Kal went ahead in the second, scoring with a heavy body shot and with another in the third. Kal eventually finished with a 6-4 victory. Khalid is through to the quarters where he will box the Armenian, Derenik Gizhlaryan, for a guaranteed bronze.
64kg: Bradley Saunders lost to Samir Machrouh (France) RSC
Bradley stormed into a 6-1 lead in the first round with a series of telling shots. With the score 8-4 to Bradley late in the second round, the referee referred him to the ringside doctor with a cut, and the contest was disappointingly stopped.

64kg: Lewis Rees lost to Onur Sipal (Turkey) 10-1
Lewis got off to a slow start and was 3-0 down at the end of the first. He was never able to get into the contest, and the Turk added seven more points in the final two rounds to win convincingly.
75kg Anthony Ogogo v Darren O’Neill (Ireland) (last 16)
81kg Obed Mbwakongo v Onder Ozgul (Ukraine) (last 16)
Monday 7th June:
54kg: Andrew Selby v Pedro Matos (Portugal) (last 16)
60kg: Tom Stalker v Domenico Valentino (Italy) (last 16)
91kg: Warren Baister v Jozsef Darnos (Hungary) (last 32)
Monday results 7th June – day 3 results

Seven boxers now boxing for bronze as Welshman Andrew Selby beats Pedro Matos of Portugal, Gamal Yafai beats Italian Vittorio Parrinello, Iain Weaver defeats old foe Bashir Hassan-Salad and Tom Stalker beats the Italian World Champion Domenico Valentino.
48kg: Tommy Stubbs beat Marius Vysnuiaukas (Lithuania) 9-3Following two closely fought rounds with scores poised at 2-2, the triple ABA champion took the bout away from the Lithuanian in the last, using his reach to great effect to end up a convincing 9-3 winner. Tommy will box Irishman Paddy Barnes for a bronze medal on 9th June.

54kg: Gamal Yafai
 beat Peter Moyshenzon (Israel) 11-1Gamal took command from the opening bell, racing to a 6-0 first round lead with a series of hard shots. A couple more in the second and a trio of points in the last was more than enough to secure a decisive win against the Israeli.

57kg: Iain Weaver 
beat Rodrigues Molina (Spain) 11-3
3-O up after the first round, Iain controlled the contest throughout, breaching the Spaniard’s defences regularly, before running out a comfortable winner. Iain will box Bashir Hassan-Salad of Sweden in the last 16 on Monday.

75kg: Anthony Ogogo
 beat Peter Mullenberg (Netherlands) 7-0
After a cagey opening, Anthony took a 1-0 lead in the first round, extending this to 3-0 by the end of the second. The Lowestoft boxer chalked up another four points in the final round to finish a 7-0 winner. Anthony will box Darren O’Neill for a place in the quarter-finals.

81kg: Stephen Simmons lost to Ioannis Militopoulos (Greece) 9-4
In the first round Stephen recovered from a 3-0 deficit to finish on level terms. However, three more points conceded in the second left too much ground to recover and although Stephen boxed valiantly in the last, it wasn’t to be.

81kg: Obed Mbwakongo
 beat Kennedy Katende (Sweden) 6-3Using his jab and reach to great effect Obed raced to a 4-0 first round lead. A point apiece in a scrappy second left Obed with a four point lead going into the last and despite receiving a standing count, he ran out a 6-3 winner. Obed will compete against either Ozgul of Turkey or Nikolic of Serbia in the last 16.
 

Day four results 8th June 2010

Day four in Moscow ended with Weaver and Yafai through to the semi finals and Obed Mbwakongo out of the competition after a close bout with France.
Results

51kg: Khalid Yafai
beat Armenian Derenik Gizhlaryan. 9-1

A fantastic display of discipline and controlled and precise boxing saw Khalid Yafai dominate the Armenian. Kal went behind early on but stayed calm, scoring points in each round with clean accurate shots. First guaranteed bronze medal in the bag, and a semi final bout for the Brummie.

57kg: Iain Weaver beat Oualid Belaoura (France) 12-7
Iain stormed to a 3-0 lead in his quarter final, only to be pegged back to 3-2 by a combination from the Frenchman. A lively second round saw Weaver go into the last with a 7-5 lead. The last round was a battle at times, but with Iain striking cleanly again, the bout was won. Iain is through to the semis and guaranteed a bronze.

81kg: Obed Mbwakongo lost to Abdelkader Bouhenia (France) 11-9
After another active opening round, Obed trailed by a point, 4-3. The second saw more frantic action with Obed and the Frenchman trading blows with scores poised at 7-7 going into the last. Despite a valiant effort from Obed, it wasn’t to be and his opponent picked up a couple of points more to go through to the semis.

Boxing tomorrow in quarter finals:

48kg: Tommy Stubbs v Patrick Barnes (Ireland)
54kg: Gamal Yafai v John Joe Nevin (Ireland)
54kg: Andrew Selby v Furkan Memis (Turkey)
60kg: Tom Stalker v Artjoms Ramlavs (Latvia)

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