Great Britain’s Joe Joyce defeated two-time world champion Magomedrasul Majidov, to claim a super-heavyweight gold medal at the European qualifying tournament in Turkey, whilst becoming the 9th member of the GB squad to book his place at the Rio Olympics this summer.
Joyce, 30, from London, came through a hard battle with the experienced Azerbaijan, but won a split decision on the judges cards, to secure his ticket to Brazil, and he celebrated with great spirit with a backflip in the ring!
— Joseph Joyce (@JoeJoyce_1) April 17, 2016
Majidov claims an amateur win over current unbeaten IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at the 2011 World Championships. He was intact the last boxer to beat AJ, who is now 16-0, 16KOs as a pro.
Six gold medals at Continental Qualifier caps a triumphant week for GB Boxing as nine boxers qualify for 2016 Olympic Games
Joyce is one of nine Team GB boxers to have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Together with fellow gold medal winners; Nicola Adams, Galal Yafai, Muhammad Ali, Joshua Buatsi. Lawrence Okolie. – Plus Qais Ashfaq and Joe Cordina who secured silver medals and Antony Fowler who took a bronze to book their places on that summer flight to South America.
— Nicola Adams MBE (@NicolaAdams2012) April 15, 2016
Rob McCracken, Performance Director, GB Boxing, hailed the boxers performances as superb! “To have come away from such a difficult tournament with 9 boxers qualified for Rio is a fantastic achievement.” said former pro boxer McCracken. “The boxers have acquitted themselves superb and fully deserve to be rewarded for all of their hard work and dedication by getting the chance to compete on the biggest stage of all at the Olympic Games.
“To be in a position where we have qualified 9 boxers for Rio at this stage in the Olympic cycle is a superb achievement by the whole team. A lot of people have put a huge amount of effort into getting us to this point and I would like to thank all of the boxers, the coaches, the sports science and medical team and all of the staff at GB Boxing for their hard work and efforts over the last four years.”
The only remaining weight categories where Great Britain has yet to qualify a boxer for Rio are the men’s light-welterweight and welterweight divisions and the women’s lightweight and middleweight categories.
The women have a chance to qualify at the World Championships in Kazakhstan in May when four places are available in each weight class. The men will have two more opportunities to make it to Rio at qualification events in June (Baku, Azerbaijan) and July (location to be confirmed) when eight more places at both light-welterweight and welterweight are up for grabs.
Details of all the results from this week’s European Continental Qualifier are available at www.gbboxing.org,uk.