Boxing: Great Britain On Top After European Qualification Tournament

Great Britain was the top nation at the 2016 European Boxing Qualification Tournament where they won a total on nine quotas. The top three ranked boxers from the men’s events and the top two ranked boxers from the women’s events qualified to the Olympics. The European Boxing Qualification Tournament was held in Samsun, Turkey from April 9th to April 17th 2016.

The first day of finals contained six men’s events. The big winner of the day was Great Britain where they qualified five athletes, including winning three events. Galal Yafai and Muhammad Ali defeated Armenians Artur Hovhannisyan and Narek Abgaryan in the light flyweight (-49kg) and flyweight (-52kg) respectively. Armenia also qualified two other boxers as Aram Avagyan and Vladimir Margaryan won their third place bouts in the bantamweight (-56kg) and welterweight (-69kg) respectively. The third gold medal for Great Britain was in the light heavyweight (-81kg) where Joshua Buatsi defeated Peter Mullenberg of the Netherlands. The other two quotas for Great Britain was won by third place finisher Antony Fowler in the middleweight (-75kg) and Qais Ashfaq whom lost the final bout of the bantamweight to Azerbaijan’s Javid Chalabiyev. France’s Christian Assomo won the middleweight event in a walkover against Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa while Lithuania’s Eimantas Stanionis defeated Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre in the welterweight final. Italy’s Manuel Cappai also qualified in the light flyweight by winning the third place bout. Other Olympics qualifiers include Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in the flyweight and Turkey’s Mehmet Unal in the light heavyweight.

The women’s events all concluded on the second day. Great Britain’s Nicola Adams will get to defend her Olympic gold medal after she won the flyweight (-51kg) event over Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova who also qualified to the Olympics. A shock occurred in the women’s lightweight where Ireland’s 5-time World champion Katie Taylor lost her first match in years in the semi-finals to Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna. Alekseevna would go on to win the event over Italy’s Irma Testa in the final. The middleweight (-75kg) event was won by Russia’s Yaroslava Yakushina whom defeated Sweden’s Anna Laurell in the final.

The second day of men’s finals saw Great Britain win another two gold medals. Lawrence Okolie won in a walkover against France’s Paul Biongolo in the heavyweight (-91kg) while his compatriot Joseph Joyce defeated Azerbaijan’s Magomedrasul Majidov in the super heavyweight (+91kg). Great Britain also won a quota in the lightweight (-60kg) where Joseph Cordina lost in the final to France’s Sofiane Oumiha. The other gold medalist was Azerbaijan’s Lorenzo Sotomayor whom defeated Lithuania’s Evaldas Petrauskas in the light welterweight (-64kg). Azerbaijan’s also qualified in the heavyweight where Abdulkadir Abdullayev won the third place box-off. Turkey qualified two athletes; Batuhan Gozgec and Ali Eren Demirezen in the light welterweight and super heavyweight respectively by winning third place box-offs. The final quota place for the lightweight went to Ireland’s David Joyce.

Unqualified men will have two more qualifying events to qualify while the women will have just one more chance to qualify to the Olympics.


Quotas by Nations

  • Great Britain – 9
  • Azerbaijan – 5
  • Armenia – 4
  • France – 3
  • Italy – 3
  • Turkey – 3
  • Ireland – 2
  • Lithuania – 2
  • Bulgaria – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • Sweden – 1




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