THE GB boxing team guaranteed themselves medals at the AIBA World championships in Russia with four of their boxers winning their quarter-finals at the Expo Arena in Ekaterinburg on Wednesday (September 18).
Burton super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke produced a surprising victory when he edged out host nation boxer Maksim Babanin. Clarke had boxed well from range, stepping backwards to land his jab and bringing his heavy cross through. But the portly Russian had bustled forward, cuffing Clarke with hooks on the inside and he raised his arms in celebration at the final bell. But it was Clarke who took an unexpected split decision. At least at first. In a novel situation the Russian federation lodged a successful protest and had the result reversed in Babanin’s favour. Further details HERE.
Liverpudlian featherweight Peter McGrail found the going tough when he held his ground with India’s tall, strong Kavinder Bisht. But over the second and third rounds he started to move well, shifting away from Bisht, letting him miss plenty of shots as McGrail banged his southpaw cross in flush. He took a unanimous decision but Bisht had given him a real fight.