Amateur | Issue | Premium | Feb 11 2020

Amateur Scene – Fighting through Olympic despair

Despite missing out on the first shot at the Olympic dream, British boxers still performed at the Bocskai tournament
GB Boxing

ENDURING the disappointment of missing out on selection for the first Olympic qualification event, a small squad of GB boxers were still in action at the Bocskai tournament in Debrecen, Hungary.

George Crotty won a good light-heavyweight gold medal. In the final on Friday (February 7) he beat Spain’s Gazimagomed Schamilovich on a unanimous points decision. The Briton had enjoyed a walkover in the semi-final but in the quarter-final he outscored Ukraine’s Valerii Kharlamov on a split decision. He won his two preliminary bouts, a unanimous verdict over Greece’s Polyneikis Kalamaras and split decision over Moldova’s Dmitri Cosciuc.

“Four fights and four wins in five days out here. The perfect week. Picked up my 100th win and gold at one of the most competitive competitions of the year,” Crotty stated. “Buzzing to be back on top of the podium. Great trip away with a great team and thanks to all of them.”