8th October 2011
|Andrew Joshua wins Siver at Super Heavyweight – www.gbboxing.org.uk|
Joshua’s medal is quite remarkable considering his 21 year’s and his come from knowhere performances, having only been with the British team for less than two years and now will be a major prospect for the London 2012 Olympics this summer after just losing out to the home favorite Medzhidov.
Joshua was unlucky to take an eight count in round two after starting the fight well, he took some big shots from the heavy hitting Medzhidov and it looked like his inexperience at this level may be too much too soon for the young Englishman, but in a toe to toe battle and edge of the seat final round the London big man matched his more seasoned opponent to the final bell.
|Andrew Selby takes Silver at 52kg in Baku|
The Welsh boxer, got stronger as the bout wore on and despite a superb last round in which it looked like the two point deficit should have been overturned, Andrew lost out cruelly by a single point, 13-12 – but goes home with a richly deserved silver medal.
The 22-year-old Barry fighter’s defeat means he will box off against domestic rival Khalid Yafai at a later date for the single GB flyweight spot at London 2012.
|Luke Campbell wins another Silver for team GB at 56kg|
But with the Cuban on the back foot, he couldn’t quite get to his opponent and Campbell fell to a agonising 14-10 defeat. But what a great achievement and Campbell and will now go home to prepare for London 2012.
British amateur boxing has never been as healthy in terms of the world class talent that we are now producing and it wont be long by the looks of it, until another one of our boxers joins Frankie Gavin as our only ever world amateur champion. Gavin became our only ever gold medal in Milan in 2007. – Roll on the Olympic games and next years world championships!
By Chris Maylett
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