Manish Bhasin presents coverage from the European Amateur Boxing Championships. Andrew Selby hopes to become the first British boxer to retain a European Amateur title.
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Amateur Championships here on the BBC and it is in the unlikely
setting of Minsk in Belarus that the road to the Rio Olympics gets
underway. It is a new look squad with familiar faces, but a lot of
Luke Campbell is the Olympic champion.
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And they come out in favour of Yes, with three of the Olympic team
turning professional including Luke Campbell and Anthony Agogo, it left
Andrew Selby and Josh Taylor boxing in Belarus. There is a couple of
familiar faces, I am delighted to be joined by two gold medallists from
the London Games. It is Anthony Joshua who won gold with that famous
comeback in the last round of the Olympic final.
And alongside Anthony, we have the first woman in history to win an
Olympic boxing gold medal and that's Nicola Adams who has three World
Championship medals to her name as well as a European card. And she is
still smiling about that moment. We have Steve who has been ring side as
well as following the likes of Nicola and Anthony. I am sure an MBE
is on its way to you. We are almost coming to the first anniversary of
the London Olympics and to think what has gone on, film premieres and
going to Rio and Buckingham Palace with the Queen, how o would you go
about describing the last yoer?le year? Absolutely epic. We have been
here there, and everywhere. And being on various TV shows. We did
Super Stars which was really, really cool. That was really cool to do.
Has been an amazing time and if you said that was going to happen after
winning gold, he would never have believed you.
Anthony? A positive thing in my life. It is great to go back to my
who local clubs and see the kids that I used to train with and the
praise they give me. They see I was a normal kid and they can go on and
achieve it. My family are proud. All in all, it has been a positive time
the last 12 months. It is talked about that this is the
start of a new cycle, isn't it, Stephen? It is about looking at the
new talent coming through? Well, the first Europeans after every Olympics
are the hardest Europeans that exist and the Europeans are hard. They are
one of the hardest tournaments to win because of the soviet boxers
boxers they can ALL: Come in and what you have in
the situation is you go post Olympics and it is a miracle we
managed to get two Olympians, generally we have one or none. It
was nearly two or three guys. train with the new ta he lent coming
through -- new talent coming through. There is lots to be excited
about? Yes, Jack Bateson, I was sparring with him up to the Games
and he is a good talent to have on the squad.
The same with me, I was in the guys at France at their last training
camp and training alongside Jack Bateson and the new faces and josh
Josh Taylor and and Andrew Selby. I know you would love to be there,
but injury put pay to that? It has. I am back in the gym. How was the
foot after the operation? Snaol I'm bouncing and running and dance
dancing I'm doing it all again. It is terrific if he was on the
trampoline, but he is a boxer! One of the things that's coming through,
almost every single weight we have got two or three boxers and that's
true. If it was the same going into the Olympics, a year out from the
pim licks, hand on heart -- Olympics, I couldn't have told you
who would go to the Olympics. Several of them had no chance.
Anthony Agogo could have gone on holiday. He came up on the outside.
It is not full of familiar names, but they pull stuff out. In terms of
winning medals at the competitions, this is the toughest of the lot,
isn't it? It is the toughest. If you look at the 60s and 70s and 80s, we
went three or four Europeans. Eight year cycle without a medal. Once we
sent 27 boxers, Great Britain and Ireland, and we came back with one
medal. This is a tough tournament. Thank you. Well, Andrew Selby was
the British team's big hope of a four in a tough semi-final. Selby
made it through to the final. He will face Michael Conlan.
Both fighters are looking forward to the final when they spoke to Leon
Mann. You are on the cusp of making
history. Do you think about that? think I made it anyway because I
have had four medals and four Europeans, but if I get a gold
medal, it is a bit of pressure, but I know what pressure is about now. I
went to the London Olympics. I think I'm good enough to win gold.
In terms of how you felt in your career, how confident are you going
into the later stages here? always confident. I have always been
a confident person. It doesn't matter who I'm fighting. It is just
me on the day. I know if I put in the peril formance, I can beat --
put in the performance, I can beat anyone.
Talk to me about Michael. I'm sick of fighting him.
Why do you say you're sick of fighting him? He is tough and he is
very fit. We have had two fights and it could have gone either way both
times, but I come out the better. Does that give you the edge? You
have won those two fights, do you believe that gives you the edge, do
you think he thinks about that? he is going to want to beat me up
morement of I know Andrew quite well. We had
close fights. I'm looking forward to get it on again and hopefully I will
come out inwither this time. They have been close, but if we
fight this time, I'm going to have to prove I'm the best because I've
trained really hard. I need to set the record, it is the
first fight in the World Championships and the world final,
he beat me by a point. The last fight, it was close again, but he
took it. Could history be in the making as
well as Andrew Selby becomes the first British fighter to retain an
amateur gold, he is against the man from Belfast, Michael Conlan. Your
The final word of encourage encouragement. What a contest this
promises to be because the boxer wearing red, Andrew Selby
representing Wales is the reigning European championship Gold
Medallist. He is the tournament number one seed. The number one
ranked in Europe and the world and the world's number one ranked boxer
and he is taking a a man wearing blue, Michael Conlan who is almost
as highly decorated. A tournament number two seed and number three in
Europe and world number three as well, not to mention the fact that
he is the Olympic bronze medallist from London 2012 and that man
Michael Conlan is representing Ireland in what proves to be a
terrific third encounter. The first round in a contest that both
competitors are evenly matched is crucial because it dictates the
tactics for the rest of the contest. You heard Andrew Selby's corner say
he has got to win this first round and at the moment, it is anyones.
They are both boxing well and Conlan is getting through with the better
shots early on. Selby continuing to switch his
stance. He is a really adept switch hitter operating out of both the
Southport and orthodox stands. He gets through with a good right-hand.
He goes to the body effectively as well, but Conlan, almost his equal.
Conlan having a final word at this point. Selby is a very talented
boxer indeed. He is probably the most talented in the GB squad. He is
a natural switch hitter. He will switch to orthodox and he can do
both styles as equally as well and his range of movement and his timing
when he is doing it, I think he sometimes does it without even
realising he is doing it. He is that ta he lented. -- he is that
talented. It is the third time these two guys
met. The first time was during the World Championships. Selby said that
in each of the two connest tests either -- contests either man could
have had his hand raised. This is how their two previous encounters
have been - nothing it as we approach 30 seconds to go in this
opening round. Conlan coming forward and going to
both body and head. Selby catching him immediately. Conlan coming back
and each time somebody has their Ono fencive and they are met instantly.
High skill level. High intelligence being dem straitds in the boxing
range -- demonstrated in the bobbing ring between -- boxing ring.
What a terrific opening round in this flyweight gold medal bout. As
competitive as we anticipated it would be between two of the best in
the business! Yes, some good work from both boxers. Conlan tends to
work better on the inside. But Selby works better at long-range. His
movement is excellent on the outside. A close round to score and
there is Selby bringing Conlan on to the shot there. The Irishman had the
better of the work on the inside, but just gets caught there with the
shot from Selby. Well, the judges, no unanimity
there. Two of the three seeing it for Selby. The first judge seeing it
in favour of Conlan and that's a fair reflection of how the first
round played out. It was either way and Selby just sneaked ahead.
We move into the second round of this 52 kilogramme flyweight final
and Andrew Selby is looking to defend his title from the Olympic
bronze medal from London 2012. These two boxers met over five three
minute rounds without a vest and without a head guard during the
World Series Boxing Competition and it is one of the best contests I had
the privilege of seeing and they produced an encounter that's living
up in terms of standard and quality of the first two in their attempts
to be crowned European champion. A good left-hand by Selby. Conlan back
on the front foot. Selby's elusiveness causing him to miss.
What is evident here is Selby's movement. The movement is key to his
success. Once he holds his feet, he brings Conlan into the contest and
when he is hitting and moving, he is difficult to catch indeed and that's
what Conlan just can't grasp. He can't get to grips with that
movement from Selby. So Selby he must hit and move and Conlan has to
drag him in and hold his feet. Terrific reflexes both the boxers
possess. Selby gets through with a good jab and takes the straight shot
up from Conlan as well. An due Selby can dart in and -- Andrew Selby can
dart in and out. Conlan is adept at switching his stance and he is
shot as a southpaw. Now Selby has got to change things. Conlan scored
with a right jab. Terrific action here inside the final minute of the
second round. The gold medal at stake. Andrew Selby looking to
defend the European title he won in Turkey two years ago. Conlan
continues to be in hot pursuit of Andrew Selby. But look at the way
Selby can skip left and right, in and out, to rhythmic movement.
Changing stance and direction. success that Conlan had at the start
of this round is being rubbed off now. Selby is having a great last
half of the round. Selby is having more success in the last minute or
so. You can hear the instruction from his corner, move, moved. And
that is going to be a key tactic during the third and final round.
The second round, pick your style, what do you prefer? Selby was a
little bit square, he got caught a little bit coming in. But good
movement again from Selby. It is nip and tuck. Both giving each other
some good shots, especially with the right hand from Selby and that
exchange, Conlan played his part as well. A close round the school. --
close round to score. The final moments of instruction to these two
highly experienced, high quality third and final round in the men's
52 kilograms flyweight final. Michael Conlan, the Olympic bronze
medallist, he lost to the eventual gold medallist, Ramirez of the
was off in a flash to his left. one 's -- Conlan 's corner would
have told and he is behind. He has got to pull it round somehow. This
might suit Selby, he prefers boxers to come onto him. So Conlan is
getting a bit desperate, that might suit Selby. He has to do something,
he gets through the good right hand. Less than two minutes to go. The
gold medal at stake. Andrew Selby, to continue his terrific run. The
reigning European gold medallist. He was the number one boxer during the
World Series boxing tournament as well. Prodigiously talented. He
really is fulfilling the immense promise and potential he showed as a
youngster. Selby is just boxing better at range now and Conlan is
just struggling to make his opponent hold his feet and try and drag him
into detail to toe battle he must have to gain success. He is boxing
at range, Selby, he's keeping his distance. Conlan, impossible to
deter, impossible to discourage. boxing. These two boxers, operating
at a terrific pace as we're deep into the final round. European gold
at stake, they both know it. They have got to keep the shape. Selby,
cutting his opponent, it is those eye-catching shots which are the
difference again. They are catching the judges eyes, with those better
quality shots. Selby, holding up a club in celebration that he has
and compete right until the final bell. It has been another terrific
encounter between these two familiar adversaries. A warm embrace, which
is nice to see. But Andrew Selby is no doubt he has done enough to
successfully retain and defend his European championship gold. Again,
it is the third time these boxers have met, and it will be another
razorthin decision. Selby has perhaps just done enough coming into
this third and final round, it will be down to the judges. The official
the winner is, in the red corner, Andrew Selby. He has done it! He has
successfully defended his title with a split decision victory over his
this third encounter between these two boxers, to be crowned European
champion. Words can't express how I am feeling now. By have had a few
fights with him, he is the toughest I have thought. It was a split
decision, could have gone either way, just like the other two. I am
just glad I have got to gold medals. How difficult did you find it out
there? I thought I mixed the first two and I got tired at the end, he
comes on strong. That is boxing, I will be back. How much confidence do
you take from this huge achievement, going forward? I was confident
anywhere, my main aim now is to get a gold in the world Championships. I
went there last year and are lost by one point for the gold, thought I
had done enough to win. But I will be 11 going into day now, I will be
the one to watch. Britain have won five European gold
since 1961. Andrew Selby has won two of them back-to-back! How big the
achievement is it? He is also won two bronze medals as well. He has
been part of the elite programme GB boxing has since just before the
2008 Olympics, our system is the envy of the world. You saw there
with Selby, I was talking about it with Nick and Anthony come he
doesn't know what he's going to do. You can't teach some of the stuff
that Andrew Selby does. I was saying, look at this, and Anthony
were saying, how has he done that? ! You can't do it! It is that hard! It
is beyond extensive. A hugely impressive performance. That is to
reach hugely tight contests between him and Michael Conlan. It shows all
the hard work in the gym is paying off. He is a good, top-quality,
tricky boxer. He can box orthodox as well as southpaw, it is hard enough
boxing an opponent in one stance he is always giving you guessing. He is
a good thinking boxer. He is always raising his game. One point! Nothing
in it. Do you spar with him? How tricky is it to be on the receiving
end of that switching? Really tricky. You don't know where he's
going to be, you throw a punch and he is of the other side of the ring!
You are following him around, he is that good. He wins! As a box as
well, looking at what he brings to the table, we shouldn't be that
surprised. He has been unbeaten in 14 bouts. Should we be that
surprised? Yes and no, he has been on top of his game, for a fighter to
stay at that level, that is what Andrew Selby is doing. At the same
time, I think he is in these tough championships as well, nothing is
ever guaranteed in boxing. So he is going out there and proving himself
time and again and that takes a lot from within, in his personal life,
even though he is on top of his game is and it looks easy, I'm sure he's
going through a lot to be able to achieve history. What next for
Andrew? He has signed up for this APB pro boxing, what is that about?
I would like to be able to tell you! But I'm not too sure myself! It is
something that the people who final from the Europeans to the Olympics,
they have something called APB, and the men that sign up for this will
get paid, they will box eight, ten and 12 round contests. It will be
continent based, they will box against Africa, against Asia, and
against the Americans, it will go towards... He could have 20 contests
between now and reopen and he could still go to Rio. This starts in
January. It was meant to start in April. It is a bit behind schedule.
It might work fantastically and it might flop, it is a gamble. If he
has signed up, will we not see him at the world Championships? This is
the crazy thing, or you can go in the world Championships, you can go
in the Europeans, you can even go in your old domestic championships as
well as the APB over 12 rounds. I wish I could explain it, as I say!
Thanks for muddying the water for us! Just to let you know, just
Taylor, also fought for Britain in London, lost in the second round.
But in the light flyweight category there was a new face on Britain 's
team as Jack Bateson made it to the next round where he faced
headed this third and final round in this 49 kilograms light flyweight
semi-final. He has lost the first two rounds unanimously from all the
judges ringside against the tournament 11 C, European number one
and world number one, David Ayrapetyan from Russia. He has kept
his composure throughout the contest. Just 19 years of age,
Ayrapetyan, he has been in and out performer in the English team in
this performance. He has only been in the GB podium scored a few
months, he has done exceptionally well, he is the baby of the team.
This team has been deeply affected, with people coming to the
professional ranks, Luke Campbell, Anthony Ogogo, so it is a rebuilding
process. Jack Bateson here is flying the flag for the English team.
first step in an international senior career for Jack Bateson, he
turned 19 during the course of this tournament. The two-time national
champion. The reigning British champion from 2012 is well past P
has made the decision to the senior ranks seamlessly. He has guaranteed
himself a place on the pony. He is emulating the achievement of Charlie
Edwards in Turkey. The path, as we build on the road towards Rio in 26
team, very much in place. -- in 2016. He is boxing well here,
Bateson, a lot of straight shots, that is what he has got to practice
here against this tricky Russian who comes in at different angles. He
throws shots from all sorts of different directions. It is a great
learning experience for him. Who would've thought he would be boxing
number one Russian, present number one in the world at the beginning of
this year, it is an incredible achievement. He is doing really well
in this contest. Acquitting himself very well indeed. A medallist last
year, Ayrapetyan. He won this title in 2006 will stop hugely
experienced. He knows his way around the international block. The ten
second clapper sounds in this third and final round. It has kept his
composure very well throughout this contest. He has. No disgrace at all,
he can hold his head-stop -- hold He is delitds with his boxer and so
David Ayrapetyan, the European number one and world number one,
goes through to contest the gold medal, but what a brilliant perform
performance for baby faced Jack Bateson. He is just 19 years of age
and he earns himself a place on a medal podium as a light-flyweight
medal podium as a light-flyweight bronze medallist.
I'm gutted, but at the end of the day he is number one seed. I could
see the strength difference. I could see he was older than me. Once I
have a bit of strength, I will be able to keep up. Yeah, I'm
devastated. It was a big ask today? I put a lot of pressure on myself,
but I always want to win, but I suppose that's the game. You have to
lose and it will only make me stronger. I will be back definitely
and the Worlds a the end of this year and I will come back and beat
that lad. He is disappointed. He was only
promoted to the podium squad two months ago. He is only just 19 now
and you can see that he is starting to fill out. This kid is a super tea
lent and he is not short of confidence. Who knows he won't -- he
knows he won't win a gold medal at the worlds. He is looking at Rio, he
has been looking a at Rio since 2008. I went up to his club and I
said do you want my awe owe graph and he -- autograph and he goes, "
From one legend to another legend." He is backing himself which is
impressive. The experience he has got, it will be invaluable for him?
I wonder what tournaments he has come off the back of? To go to his
first major tournament with two months on the podium squad is a test
for himself mentally and physically. He has gone in there and put up a
great contest and he knows the tweaks and the changes he has to
make in order to go to the worlds and compete with these guys and go
on to better things. Nicola, you spar with him. What's
that like? He is really tall for the weight. He is 5'6" or five foot
seven. He has really arms and good reach. Good hand speed. A bit of
power as well. Well, we are all good from Leeds, aren't we?
LAUGHTER You would say that clearly!
The future for him looks brilliant, doesn't it? Yeah, definitely. We
should be excited for what Jack Bateson should offer? He is a
cracking lad. He is always giving 110% in the gym. He is trying to run
the fastest and throw the most punches. He gives 110% in everything
he does. Anthony, I know you like his
attitude particularly in training? What it is with Jack, not that I am
a coach or anything. He always has his bottle of water with him. Always
stretching because I'm big guy I see how important stretching is, I
always see him stretching as well. I see the little things he is doing
after training and you know, it pays off. It does pay off and he is going
to keep on improving and improving and this is where he is going to go.
Imauto ImI'm sure he will get to the top. In the second semi-final, it
was Ireland's Paddy Barnes in action. The Belfast man looking to
regain the gold he won in the Europeans back in 1010. We join in
at the -- 2010. We join in at the Billy Walsh has done a good job
stemming that blood from the nose of Paddy brarns as we move into the
third and the final round of this light-flyweight semi-final. Paddy
Barnes, wearing blue, the tournament number two seed taking a on Alizada.
Paddy Barnes missed that tournament after winning the title in 2010. He
missed 2011 through injury. He wasn't given the opportunity to
defend his gold. Paddy Barnes is ahead and Alizada knows that. What I
like about Barnes, he thinks about his defence and keeps the guard nice
and high and the elbows tucked in. He takes a lot of shots on his arms
and elbows and he counter attacks. His beats his opponent with sneaky
little shots as his opponent is coming forward. He is accurate with
his work and has damage to the nose, but he is ahead here. Indeed, the
referee keeping a close eye on that nose. It is really one of the best
amateur boxers out there in this flyweight division. Two time Olympic
bronze medal and European champion in 2010. Commonwealth Gold Medallist
in Delhi 2010 as well. The only major tournament where he is missing
podium hardware is the World Championships. He will be hoping to
put that right later on. There you see that nose just smearing it away
with his glove. It has been giving trouble since the quarter-final
stages. He took damage on the nose from earlier contests. It is just
his style. He is there to be hit and also Paddy Barnes, the way he stands
there, but he is trying to put great work and combinations are going in,
but he is putting on a finish here. Paddy Barnes is well ahead. .
Beautiful combination from the rapid fist of Paddy Barnes and the referee
calling up the doctor. Sending Barnes to a neutral corner to have
the doctor inspect the damage to this nose. This is amateur boxing
and not professional boxing so there is a tendency to call things off,
but Barnes remaining concentrated. Another rapid straight punching
combination of three or four punches, keeping Alizada on the ends
of them. Barnes really finishing this in highlight real fashion. Now
surely he has done enough to book his place in the gold medal bout
again. The closing bell sounds. Good job Paddy Barnes. A magnificent
exhibition of boxing, but there you see the damage to the nose once
more. The reigning Gold Medallist Alizada. Barnes put on an exhibition
during the third and final round that will surely see his hands
raises raised as the victor. Yeah, he finished in style, Paddy
Barnes. He put the combinations. Threes and fours were going in. It
is his accuracy and the work rate and he brought Alizada on to the end
of the shots. A fine display. Paddy Barnes flexes his by accepts
in celebration because he boked his place in the light-flyweight
division. He gets the opportunity to regain the title he never got the
regain the title he never got the opportunity to contest in the ring.
You got a lot of people worried when your nose went. How does it feel?
feels really bad. I can feel it moving too. I will get the doctor to
have a look at it to see what the story is. A conce a ahead of the
final? Ah, definitely. One jab and it got bust. It is not nice.
Is there a chance you won't fight in the film, do you think? -- final, do
you think? No. You will go ahead and fight? Yes.
You want it that much? It is only a nose.
You want it that much? I trained so hard. Of
Unfortunately, the nose injury was more certificate jus than he thought
and after x-rays it showed he had broken it which means he had to pull
out of the final. Huge disappointment then for Paddy.
did it in his first fight and he bled every fight and someone at ring
side, " We better look at that nose. ." Paddy was saying, " It is fine."
Because that's the way Paddy Barnes is. He came across as a character,
that's nothing. If you have been in Belfast with Paddy Barnes, I thought
Barry McGuigan was big in Belfast, he is the lord and master of all
Belfast and he won't mind me saying that! He is a phenomenal talent. He
clearly beat his opponent and didn't get the decision.
About Paddy, what a circumstances to have to leave the final particularly
when you are close to getting gold? I think these are things - the thing
in boxing, you get your nose broken and your nose bleeds and sometimes
it is not down to your technical ability etcetera. Even in the
Olympic final I had an elbow injury that I had to get numbed and me
going into that final, it wasn't that I couldn't move my feet or I
wasn't ready, it was down to injury. It is a shame, but it is for the
best for his future. It is all about in and out with the amateurs and
going into the worlds in October, I am sure his focus is let me get fit
for that 100%. Disappointment for Paddy Barnes, but
two more finals to come with Irish interest. After two golds at the
last Europeans, it carries on the She joins Ireland's boxing
immortals. She stands at the very pinnacle.
Some great faces there. Next up in Minsk, it was John Joe Nevin who won
silver at the Olympics and is in the final against mike Butsenko.
Representing Ireland, John Joe Nevin the Olympic silver medallist. In the
blue is Butsenko from the Ukraine. 9//11 prefers boxers coming forwards
him. -- Nevin prefers boxers coming towards him. He tends to land well
with that right-hand and Butsenko's feet are too slow. The pace is
suiting Nevin. He is in a comfort zone the way he is boxing here and
Butsenko has to quicken the feet up a bit.
He beat the world number one ranked 50 kilogramme boxer during the
course of the Olympic Games. He outpointed him. It was a terrific
contest Great Britain versus Ireland for Olympic gold. Butsenko got
through there. , it was a similar style. He brought him on to the
right hands. He is working again here, Nevin. He has got a relaxed
guard and that's why he is open to the right hook as Butsenko comes
forward, but it is the movement from Nevin that takes him out of range.
A good right-hand causing Nevin to retreat. Butse in, ko contesting his
first European senior championship. He really has had an impressive run
to this gold medal bout. Ousting the number three seed. Beautiful
movement from Nevin again who was using his advantage in foot speed to
right hand, Butsenko. You see a lot plenty of attacks, he was left on
the end of a beautiful jab. He is given the distance here. He is
bringing his opponent onto that right hand and left hook
boxing from Nevin. Up off his stool, ready for work, as is Butsenko, as
we move into the second round in this 56 kilograms gold-medal bout,
the bantamweight decision. Nevin has become the second round in similar
fashion, just floating backwards and snaking out a straight shot,
reddening the face of his opponent, who is impossible to deter.
judgement of distance from Nevin is excellent, his timing is very good,
but because of the slow feet of his opponent, he is just being allowed
to land at the right hand. The pace is definitely suiting Nevin, that is
what Butsenko has got to do, try and push Nevin back onto those robes,
just restrict his movement a little bit. -- onto those robes. For me,
he's totally in control here. the number -- he ousted the
tournament number three seed, Butsenko. It was something of an
upset. He did it using this hustling, bustling tactic, but he is
reduced to chasing shadows, such is the elusive movement of the Nevin.
John Joe Nevin is boxing beautifully. He is well on his way
to championship gold here in the European tournament, to add to the
Olympic silver and two world championship bronze is that he has
as well. -- bronzes. If he gets close enough, Butsenko, he is trying
to land a right hook and with Nevin 's left hand so low, if he moves
that way, he will walk onto the shot. If he moves to his right
committee moves away from the right hook, that is his preferred movement
periods during this second round, when he is on the move, the
advantage in foot speed and movement, he appears imperious. He
is reducing Butsenko to flailing punches that invariably fall short.
The second one did go through, as Nevin had nowhere to go. That is
what he has to do, Butsenko, double up the attacks and put more pressure
on him. Nevin has slowed things down with the feet, he is very good at
doing that, making the opponents box to his pace. All too often, Butsenko
has been met by a reply and a risk -- riposte from Nevin, who hit him
that left hook, Butsenko trying to land with the right hook, wasn't too
far away. He landed to right hands, that is when you double up the
go. Fifth six kilograms bantamweight gold-medal bout. John Joe Nevin, the
bronze medallist, three minutes away from earning a European champ
silver medallist from Russia, but here, in the final he is boxing
superbly. He is keeping his composure terrifically well in the
face of some naked attrition from Butsenko, who got through. -- naked
aggression. Butsenko, just sustaining a bit of pressure there,
he is getting closer and closer to Nevin. Movement is the key for
Nevin. He has got to stay in attack -- in the centre of the ring. Look
out he slows it down. You can see the attacks coming, that is where he
is failing, he slows his feet down when Nevin slows his feet down.
Trying to pin Nevin onto the ropes once again. Halfway through this
third and final round. Butsenko, you see the edge in movement again,
causing him to punch nothing but add. It is great tactics from Nevin,
he knows he's in front, and then you just make the opponents come at you,
then you bring him onto the shot, that has been his tactic from the
word go and it has worked superbly well. The Irish have done their
homework. Approaching the final minute, as Butsenko continues in his
attempt to close the distance. Trying to just slow down the
movement of John Joe Nevin. He has had an eating moment of success but
they have been far too fleeting for the Ukrainian 's liking.
Demonstrating he is in complete control during this gold-medal bout,
Nevin. Well on his way to gold unless Butsenko can find a punch to
put his man on the floor and give him there for the count of ten. --
keep him there. His counterattacking has been excellent here. He is
beating his opponent of the punch, and that comes down to timing. Beats
into the shot, a great display from Nevin again. The shuffle in effect
once more. Something he has taken from the legendary Muhammad Arley.
The hands raised instantly in celebration from John Joe Nevin, he
knows that he has done enough to be crowned European champions after a
scintillating display against Butsenko of the Ukraine. A great
right hand there, lovely shuffle as well, really impressed with that at
the European number one becomes the European champion after Orient
display of boxing against Butsenko rounds in the back, with some
brilliant boxing, has seen him the final was middleweight Jason
Quigley who made it through -- the tournament 's number two seed.
He is ranked seven in the world, Juratoni, the reigning bronze
medallist from two years ago. And the number two seed, looking to
follow the form book and get himself under the gold-medal podium. This is
a tough contest for Jason Quigley, but I think you started reasonably
well. That was an example they are of a shot landed by Jason Quigley,
but he has good technique a tense to slip to his left and then throw this
overhand right -- he tends to slip to his left. It is a lively start
from the Richmond. A good combination from Jason Quigley, just
penetrating the guard. The combination of mid range punches was
effective as well. A good right-hand, the final punch of that
exchange. Quigley is picking his foot, he is a front foot type of
opponents. Strong, but he is there to be hit, gets caught with these
shots from Quigley as he is coming forward. Movement is the key from
Quigley. Juratoni has had most of success when he forces the Irishman
to stand still and then work pattern of this contest has been set
here in the opening round. Quigley is using his movement. Juratoni,
completely on the front foot, looking to wage war, to both head
and body of the Irishman. Here he has got him on the ropes once again,
trying to work away with shots to his rib cage. The ring position for
Jason Quigley is crucial. What he has got to do is stay and box in the
space of the centre of the ring. When he goes on the ropes, his feet
ten to go square. He got caught with a body shot, that was a good shot
from Juratoni. He has to be tighter to the guard, Jason Quigley. A round
of contrasting styles. When Quigley is using his feet effectively, he
appears incomplete control against Bob Dan Juratoni, but he had his
moments of success as well. He forced Quigley to the ropes and
forced him to come square. Juratoni, coming forward, but he gets caught
with a superb right hand. That was good movement. He finishes off the
sequence with that right hand, a good jab, gets caught with a single
75 kilograms metal weight final. -- middleweight. One macro, the
favourite, has come out blazing in this second round, he will be aware
he has dropped the first round against the Irishman -- Juratoni.
Juratoni, beginning to work over to both head and body. Quigley finally
retaliated. Before using his bid to get out of trouble. That was an
example of holding his feet on the ropes, he got caught with a couple
of the body shots. Juratoni is trying to get him onto the ropes,
target his body. He wants to slow Quigley down, that is what you do
against a moving boxer, you target the body. Quigley is back upon his
toes after being pinned to the ropes. When he uses his feet well
and snakes out long shots, he appears to be far more comfortable,
but look at Juratoni roughing it up, the revelry immediately just a that
the forearm is not a legal offensive weapon in boxing -- the revelry.
Quigley has had a juridical run to the reigning world champion. -- he
accounted for the number one seed, that was in a really hard-fought
semi-final. He was declared the unanimous winner. He finds himself
in a real hard-fought contest here against Juratoni, who continues to
pile on the pressure and come forward. Quigley is just beginning
to slow. Those body shots, perhaps taking a toll in this final bout.
That is what he has got to do, box at range, got to maintain a gap,
hold the centre of the ring and move This is the fourth bout for both
boxers. So fatigue will be a factor. But increasingly the exchanges
taking a place at close quarters and at centre ring. Quigley trying to
remain up on his toes and keep it long. Juratoni just bombing away
with that right. Quigley is really excellent. It is as if he is going
to lead and he pulls back and maintains the lap and ma man tans
his feet. He is straight punching. A hard fought second round. That was
a really intriguing session between those two boxers. Really hard
fought. Juratoni just coming forward and you sense perhaps having more
success during the course of that second round than he did in the
first. Yes, it is interesting to see how the judges score that. I think
Juratoni had the best work and this is the mistake he made here Quigley,
standing on the ropes and Juratoni working the body. Excellent work
here from the Romanian and Quigley moves off. Centre of the ring he is
totally different, but there on the inside, Juratoni has the best work,
but when the punches are straight, there is an example there in and out
from Quigley, the better work comes from the Irishman.
Well, two judges seeing it in favour of Juratoni as we enter the third
and final round of the middleweight championship bout in Minsk. There is
everything to box for in this third round. Quigley got his nose in
front. A unanimous decision in the first round. Two judges favouring
Juratoni during the second round. So delicately poised as we move into
the third and final session. The tournament number two seed, Bogdan
Juratoni, looking to add European championship gold to his medal
collection against Jason Quigley who has already upset two seeds en route
to this final. Look at how rough and physical it is getting. Lots of
mauling going on. A good right-hand over the top from Juratoni. Quigley
finding himself with his back turned to his opponent and that is illegal.
The referee intervened and the hostilities resume once more and
again, the head of Juratoni just being driven into the face along
with a fore forearm. A straight one, two is the combination that Quigley
must work on. It is the straight shots he has got to concentrate on.
Long-range work and qig and Quigley is in control.
The number two he seed Juratoni had a competitive hard run, but he
scores with a beautiful left right. It just stopped Quigley ins his
tracks and as we approach the final minute this contest is up for grabs
and in the balance. Look how keenly both the boxers are competing in an
effort to be crowned European champion with less than a minute to
go of this round. Quigley is on the floor. There was a hint of a punch
in there. I don't know whether the punch connected or not. Quigley
attempting to get his straight punches working once more. It is
entwined arms once more. The contest resumes. There is nothing in this
contest. It just takes a little bit of composure and the last 20 or 30
seconds and that's what Quigley has got to do is just stick to his
boxing and pick his shots well. There is nothing in this at all.
Both boxers competing with everything they have. Quigley just
looked over to his red corn corner as if to say, " How am I doing?"
Look at the Finnish he is producing, that both the boxers are producing.
As the closing bell sounds to conclude the middleweight
championship bout, Jason Quigley feels he has done enough. He took
the first round. He lost the second round and in round number three both
boxers let it all hang out and produced spirited competition in a
quest to become European medallist. Nip and tuck, isn't it? He gets
caught with the shot, Quigley. A split decision.
A split decision. Jason Quigley let's out a roar of delight because
he has been crowned the European championship medallist. A job well
done because what a run this young man had to the gold medal to the top
place on the podium. He beat the number four seed. He beat the number
one seed in the semi-final and now, during the course of the gold medal
bout, he has beaten Bogdan Juratoni. Jason Quigley is the European
Jason Quigley is the European champion.
Well it was another strong showing from the Irish. What are they doing
right? Well, I will tell you what they are, they are competitive. That
sounds obvious, but let me explain it. In Ireland, both north and
south, being an amateur boxer carries incredible kudos. Amateur
boxers in Donegal. Amateur boxers in Belfast and amateur boxers in Dublin
are recognised on the street because they have had a funding programme in
place for ten years before we have had a funding programme, but the
most amazing thing about the four finalists, the two winners and two
losers, the two guys who are reigning champions went out early
with Joe twisting his knee when he was in front. They could have had
six finalists. They could have had four winners. S.of
Jason Quigley went into the tournament as a relative unknown a
bit like Anthony Joshua? Yes, we knew Anthony Joshua was around. He
went there not seeded and no one thinks he is going to be a problem
and he just started bashing them and just like Quigley he kept bashing
out the world number four and the world number three and the world
number two to get to the final. Is it about expectation? He has
probably gone there with his team-mates around him. Champions
that great experience, that great morale around him and he has just
thrived of that and he whats gone out and got the job job done.
John Joe Nevin p picked up the -- John Joe Nevin picked up the
accolade as the best boxer? He is a special talent and a lovely kid.
Everybody talks about Irish boxing, the first name is Katie Taylor. Her
record is phenomenal. Five world titles and four worlds and Olympic
gold. Clearly, someone you have huge respect for, Nicola? Yes, she is a
talented boxer and a really good, genuine friendly person as well. I
have been on a few training camps with her, but it is the Leeds in
her. Her dad is from Leeds. LAUGHTER
All points lead to he Leeds on the programme! She is a really good
boxer and she trains really hard. I have been on a lot of training camps
with Katie and she works hard and she is good at what she does.
What is Katie up to at the minute? She is getting six figure offers to
turn professional and she has to think about them even though she
wants to go to Rio. Welcome to Minsk, the capital of
Belarus and the host of the European Amateur Championships.
The city is home to two million of the country's ten million people.
Now for those of you that know your history, you will be aware that
Belarus used to be part of the Soviet Union, what you probably
don't know is that it also is home to the world's largest population of
bisons. OK, enough about the buysons. Next year, they will host
the highs hockey championships in mincing minutes Minsk. -- Minsk.
the world will see that Belarus is not only the sporting country, but
the organiser of the sporting events.
So there you have it. Minsk in a couple of minutes which leaves one
place boxing has taken you to? going to go with St Petersburg in
Russia. It is beautiful. A lovely place.
Tell us briefly about politics that's going on behind the amateur
boxing at the minute? Well, it happens in all amateur sports. There
is all sorts of problems and there was a dispute inside the GB and the
Scottish A BA and the Welsh A BA. One or two people moved aside. One
or two people fancy taking a places that are vacant. The funding that's
in place for the elite athletes, that's there, that's going to stay.
Unaffected? That's unaffected. Well next up, it is the super
heavyweights. Without Anthony, Britain selected he Joe joist and he
faced the Russian for a place in the faced the Russian for a place in the
final. So both boxers return to their
corners to await the opening bell. We go -- here we go then. Oh my
goodness, Joe Joyce is in real trouble because the man wearing blue
representing Russia has come out blazing and Joe Joyce the England
representative has been caught cold. Worrying times now for Joe Joyce.
Kuzmin wearing blue has put Joyce under pressure. A big white hand has
jumped Joe Joyce on the seat of his pants within seconds of the opening
round. It is all over! The referee has waved it off. And before the
bout really had even begun, Joe Joyce has been put out of it.
Stopped in the opening round in around 40 seconds by serge cap kuz
min of rush yard. It was a -- Russia. P-I questioned the referee's
decision. Look at that right-hand over the top. It was a cracking
shot. I thought that Joe Joyce could have gone on, but it was a case of
have gone on, but it was a case of being caught cold.
A difficult fight. A very difficult opponent, but did you know the two
fighters before you had pulled out so your fight was up so quickly?
No, I was just getting ready and then it was like, " You have got to
go. " I had to like almost jog here. They could have warned us when we
got the gloves and the head guard and that, but it was just rushed.
How much time did you have to prepare for the fight? How much time
did you lose in preparation for a fight like that? Well, at least 20
minutes because we were expecting there to be two more bouts before
mine so I had to get ready quickly. This is the p biggest fight in your
life? Yeah. And yeah, it all ended so quickly like, you know, I don't
see why, how I could be stopped just like that, like I'm fine like. It
wasn't a big shot or anything, but well fair play to him like. He won
on the night so you know, I can't complain too much.
An unfortunate ending for Joe Joyce. If he is saying two bouts vanished
and he put his boots on and gloves on and he lost 25 minutes and he
said he had to jog to the ring to get warm, then he was put at a
disadvantage, but there is a big team out there and I'm not blaming
the team, but everyone needs to be aware of what is going on. Someone
needs to be out watch ing the ring. He got caught cold. Simple as that.
What about the stoppage, Anthony? Should he have been allowed to carry
on? Me personally, I feel he should have been able to carry on. You put
so much into your training and this is boxing so you prepare for these
things to happen and he got back up as a champion does and you live to
fight on. It is a shame that the bout was stopped, but the referee is
doing his job. You know Joe very well. You spar
with him. He will be disappointed after that? You could see how
disappointed he is because he is there. Fair enough, he has his
brands medal which is a great achievement d bronze medal which is
a great achievement, but he is there to win gold.
Nicola, you are in the ring, how important is the build-up to get
into the right zone? Really important. It can be the
making and breaking of your fight. We just saw then, if you don't have
the right preparation, getting ready and warming up, it can be a disaster
in there. However, if you get it right and everything is on point, it
is all smiles. Do you have a detailed, a plan? What
you go through in the 20 minutes? Well, every boxer is different. I
tend not to have my plan so rigid and allow for things going wrong.
Mine would be just, you know, go down to the stadium. Put my boots on
and lace up and put music on and just warm up and get ready.
Time for the big hitters, the super-heavyweight final. It is
super heavyweight gold-medal bout, there is absolutely nothing in it.
Everything to fight for, everything to compete for between these two
from 2010. He is the man who put Joe enjoys out at the semifinals in such
emphatic fashion -- Joe Joyce. He stopped him at at around the 42nd
mark. These two boxes are competing with everything they have in their
efforts to be crowned gold medallist. I have been admiring
Medzhidov more than Kuzmin in this contest. He is beating him to the
shots. He is starting to outwork him now. To take risks like that against
such a strong opponent, that is very brave indeed by Medzhidov. Toughness
is one of his hallmarks full stop --. He beat Joshua, who beat
brilliantly who made the final, but he ran up against this man, who was
boxing at home, the two of them produced a brilliant contest. He got
an Olympic bronze medal in London last year as well. He's competing
with every ounce of his spirit here in an effort to stand atop the
podium. Beyond halfway in this third and final round, the two men
standing toe to toe, testing one another 's strength. Medzhidov still
trying to operate behind an unorthodox jab but at --
increasingly it is an attritional contest. He is working slightly
harder for my money, he's finding the gap and the room to work on the
inside. That was sloppy from the Russian bear, he got caught by some
good shots from Medzhidov. Up till now, the man in red is finding the
target with some quality punches. Both boxers, really feeling the pace
here. It is Medzhidov who turned the tide, he is having the exchanges. --
the better of the exchanges. Kuzmin, terrifically tired, increasingly
ragged, leaning on to Medzhidov, who is trying to push off and get back
to work at mid and long range. He lent to the right hand over the top
again, Kuzmin is trying to boxes way back into the contest. Inside the
closing stages of that contest, one is left with the impression that the
man in red, the tournament number one seed, Medzhidov of Azerbaijan,
has done enough to be crowned European champions to add to his
world championship gold and Olympic bronze. Order to refit contest.
Tough last round. He has done enough. Medzhidov of Azerbaijan, the
tournament number one seed, the European ranked number three, the
world ranked number three, has been crowned European championship gold
medallist after a really hard-fought contest against Sir Guy Kuzmin of
have been me! I have boxed the two finalists, and watching them box,
could see their mistakes, what they were doing wrong, sitting here with
a couch with a can of Pepsi! I am being judgemental, saying this is
what they have got to do, but I feel, coming on from the games, I
have come on a long way I would love to compete these guys again knowing
I have beaten one and lost by a point to the others. Any other soft
drink is just as acceptable! Lets see where all the medals have gone
down as team GB in the middle table? There are some Scots boxers who are
outside of the team and some Welsh boxes outside the team, and the
whole team GB thing which is the Welsh, English and Scottish, and the
ability for us to send three boxers from the home nations, that is all
going to end by the next Olympics. And the sooner the better, because
we are at an unfair advantage, that is why they are individual
countries. How does the performance director view the team 's
performance? It has been a long week. The boxers have performed
really well, some really good performances here in Belarus, it has
been a really tough tournament, they always are very difficult. Tough
draws everywhere you look but the boxers have done fantastically.
is all about a new generation, names like Joe Joyce, Jack Bateson, they
have really performed. Lindsey of good performances, a lot of
youngsters in the squad, but a great experience. A couple of them we
brought for experienced and a few report with an outside chance of
making a medal. We are pleased because the majority of the squad
have performed really well out here. On another day we could be
coming away with four or five medals. The highlight is Andrew
Selby, what an achievement. Brilliant. He has led from the front
out here, the whole squad has been looking up to him all week and he is
just a class act, double European champion now which is unbelievable.
For European medals on the spin, is world silver medallist, and I'm
hoping it made up a bit of a disappointment of him leaving to the
-- losing to the gold medallist in London. Result is three years away,
there is no reason he cannot go there and left a gold-medal --
Brazil is three years away. How has the scoring impacted your role?
is tricky, because you have to look at the judges are looking for, so it
is a work in progress, really. It will develop as it goes on and
become clearer what they are looking for and what they know they are
looking for. You are a realist, coming into the championships
committed you are expected to go as well as it had done? It has been
tough, it has been proved very difficult, I was quietly confident
we could pinch two or three medals out here, thankfully we have won
three medals. On another day we could have won 45. It is all
positive, morale is good in the squad, they are all youngsters
developing, they have not lost by much, they are all confident moving
forward. The world Championships will be difficult in Kazakhstan in a
few months, not long to prepare for that, but some real positives coming
out of Belarus. We are really pleased and it has been a successful
tournament. You agree with him? Absolutely
forced up if we had come back with one bronze medal, post-Olympics,
that would have been good. We haven't come away with one, we have
come away with three. We have gone there with a decent squad,
developing squad but there are a lot of guys that are not there. One of
them is next to me, several of them have gone pro, let's say we went
there with a full squad, we would have been close to the top of the
table. That is just stating facts. Will they look back at the week is a
job well done? I believe so. I think Rob was going in there with a desire
to grab a couple of medals, which they achieved. Even if they come
away post-Olympics with one bronze medal it is still an achievement, as
a developing squad. It is all about getting experience for the world
Championships in October? Definitely. All the lads would have
gained a lot of experience. Most of the top boxers in the world come
from Europe so to go into the European temperatures and have a
medal is fantastic. So they will be full of confidence, not just
forgetting that it is October. I am sure they will be all guns blazing
as soon as they get back to the gym and working hard. Do you think all
these new faces for the British and Irish, are they here to stay?
Ultimately they are all looking ahead to Rio. I would be surprised
if seven or eight of the boxers we featured today from Ireland,
England, Scotland or Wales are not part of Rio. I am looking that far
ahead. They are part of a successful, flourishing system which
is a system that winter medals. -- wins medal. It is about competition
after competition, big Josh might be there, the team is solid and strong.
Will they be heading back to Sheffield with that bit of spice in
their training now? They don't lose it. That is the thing. Whatever they
have got, they are going to add to it, they will go out and train,
sparring, big guys will be sparring with me, it will be a great
atmosphere. What is next in your diary? I have the Europeans at the
1st of July, I am going out there as reigning champion, I am hoping to
win another gold and continue my rain! To be Britain cosmic Katie
Taylor one-day! Hopefully!Do you stay amateur, do you go pro, are you
anywhere near deciding? There are options to me right now. All I have
got to do is look at everything. That is where I stand at the minute.
I am keeping a great level of fitness, still in the gym training
and sparring, I will be fighting soon. But you have got in Sheffield
as an amateur is special. It is priceless what we have got up there.
Regardless of what everyone is offering, I have to look at my
development as a boxer. Much to look forward to, throwing it forward?
have been covering this business for 30 years, this is the best for five
years we have had and we will have an even better one coming up.
a purple patch, we have to be excited for Ireland as well. They
are doing what they are doing, and they are going to carry on, they
will carry on winning medals. By the time it is the next Europeans and we
go to Rio, will be the second or third top nation, that is not
fantasy! Good luck to all of you, great to have you in. What a hugely
Manish Bhasin presents coverage from the European Amateur Boxing Championships. It is the first major tournament since the London Olympics and Great Britain have selected a strong squad to travel to Minsk in Belarus.
Olympian Andrew Selby will be attempting to make history by becoming the first British boxer to retain a European Amateur title. The Welshman clinched the 2011 title in Ankara when he narrowly beat Russia's Georgy Balakshin.
Also in the squad are the English pair of Gamal Yafai and Charlie Edwards, who have previously won European bronze medals.
British boxers will represent their own home nations in the competition. Commentary comes from Ron McIntosh and Richie Woodhall.