Great Britain Boxing Wins Eight Medals At European Boxing Championships
Great Britain Boxing secured an impressive haul of eight medals at the EUBC European Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia.
The event even saw squad mates Harris Akbar, entering the event for England, and Welshman Garan Croft face off in the light-middleweight division, a fight Akbar won by unanimous decision.
In the semi-finals, Akbar also went on to secure a major victory over the reigning World and European under 22 champion, Ukraine’s Yurii Zakharieiev. This was a big win for Akbar as he had lost to Zakharieiev in the World championships.
“I can’t put it into words. It feels surreal. To go in there and beat the World champion who beat me quite comfortably last year – what a feeling,” said Akbar. “Being able to avenge how I lost last time… It means the world to me.“
This fight set up his showdown against Garan Croft, who beat German Magomed Schachidov.
Akbar’s victory over Croft also makes him only the third English boxer since 1961 to be crowned European Champion.
English middleweight Lewis Richardson earned a silver medal after Irlans’s Gabriel Dossen edged him out in the gold medal match.
Richardson did manage to beat his fellow British boxer, Scotland’s Sam Hickey, in the middle weight semi-final. Hickey came away from the tournament with a bronze medal, becoming Scotland’s first senior European medal in 16 years.
A bronze was also secured by Garan’s twin brother, Ioan Croft. After losing by unanimous decision to Georgia’s Lasha Guruli.
In the super heavyweight division, Delicious Orie beat Poland’ Oskar Safaryan and Turkey’s Berat Acar to win his first major medal. However, he lost by unanimous decision to German Nelvie Tiafack.
England’s Lewis William’s also won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division. However, he was eventually bested by Italiy’s Aziz Mouhiidine in the final four.