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Jess Creighton presents the best of the action from the World Amateur Boxing Championships. Expert analysis is provided by Olympic bronze medallist Richie Woodhall.


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Hello and welcome to Hamburg, home of the 2017 boxing World

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Championships. 12 British boxers have qualified to be here and will

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battle it out to be crowned the best in the world. But that will not be

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easy. Britain has not had a mental is that world champion for ten

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years. With Olympic medal heroes including Nicola Adams turning

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professional after Rio, it is almost an entirely new squad aiming for

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Tokyo 2020. GB's next-generation has started their journey with a

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record-breaking bang. The European champion!

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England boxing have won more medals than any other nation. They showed

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their potential at the European Championships, doing so well. When

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you look at it, we have got a boxer with a decent level of experience at

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each weight. My strengths in the ring while desiring to be the best.

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I think my main attribute is my ability to hit in the ring. People

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think my power is my best attribute but it is my feet. My boxing style

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is about movement. I am tall, rangy, orthodox. Not many people can keep

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up, to be fair. When I am in the ring, they cannot touch me. I have

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the fastest feet. I am a good counterpuncher. If I hit you, you

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are going down. We took 12 boxes to Rio, we have two remaining. It is

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almost started in scenario. There is decent experience already in the

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team and real inexperience as well. I put my body through hell the past

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six weeks. Sometimes, you have got to be willing to go through hell to

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dance in heaven. Just looking to become a superstar. You have to

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worry about yourself, make sure you are in the best shape you can be. I

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will be reaching for the bar. We all want to be the same thing, world

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champion. I was a bit of a boy at Rio and now I am turning into a man.

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We are not there to make the numbers, we are going there to be

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business. They showed in the Europeans they can step up, but the

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worlds is as tough as it gets. On the day, they are capable of winning

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medals and doing well. This is that sports hall in Hamburg where the

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boxing will be taking place. To discuss the action, two Olympic

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bronze medallists. Ritchie, you are one of the GB boxing coaches, you

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know the scene well. Relatively youthful, inexperienced, what can we

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expect from them? You are right, it is an inexperienced team, but there

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is talent right through it. A former Olympian. A little bit of

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experience. We're hoping for big things. I liked the look of Pat

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McCormick as well, another Olympian. The rest of the lads, very

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inexperienced, but they did really well at the European Championships

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and let us hope they can go one step further and do well in this

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tournament. You know all about this competition, you competed at the

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World Championships. What is it like in the build up to the event and how

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difficult is it to compete? Really tough competition. The World

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Championships, very tough. You have guys from all over the world. I have

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been in the system, trained alongside Richie and the guys, a

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great coaching network, and the guys have trained hard and they will be

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ready. For me, I am excited to see who will nudge ahead, who will put

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themselves on the world stage and say, I am going to win a medal in

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Tokyo 2020. It will be a great event. Only two of the current squad

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out of ten competed in Rio. GB boxing has essentially had to start

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from scratch every four years. How difficult is that? You have hit it

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on the head. It has been decimated, the squad. They have dreams of being

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professional world champions. We are trying to get the lads to the

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Olympic Games to win Olympic gold medals. We are trying to make them

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see they have so much potential in the amateur game. It is very

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difficult when the promoter comes along and you see the Anthony

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Joshuas who have turned pro, lots of money, they want to be world

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champions, but we want to get them to the Olympics to get the gold

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medal and everyone in the team here, England and Scotland, I think they

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are good enough to go on and win medals at the Olympic Games. You

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know about that, when a promoter comes knocking at your door after

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your Olympic bronze medal in London 2012, you turn professional. How

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strong is the draw of the glamour and money? Ritchie can testify this

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again, when you have boxed at the Olympic Games, it is hard to go back

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around the world and go to Luxembourg, Lithuania, get yourself

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up for it. Hence the reason I turned pro, it was not for the money, it

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was for the big nights, like the Olympic Games. We are here, the

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Olympics are three years away, everyone is here to set out their

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stall and to try to win a medal and this is a great opportunity. This is

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a hard competition, Cubans, Americans, how difficult is it for a

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British boxer to come here and stand on the podium? Very difficult. I

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remember it in 1989, first round against the Cuban number one,

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favourite for the gold medal. You can draw a Cuban in the first round,

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Russian, Kazakhstan, highly ranked. You have to listen to your ability

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and listen to the coaches and the tactics. All of the lads are

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talented but you need a bit of luck in the draw. Thank you for your

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thoughts. The best of the highlights through the afternoon. First in

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Hamburg, the new European champion. My name is Peter McGrail, 56 kilos,

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bantamweight category. My boxing style is all about movement and fast

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hands. People on social media have been calling me the Scouse... A good

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person to be compared to! He has just joined Olympic boxing legends!

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Peter McGrail is the European champion! I was always in the middle

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stages, giving me confidence, going into the worlds. Pointless

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feeling... You need to just worrying about yourself. To be the number one

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in Europe, now to be champion of the world, just got to be champion of

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the other half now! Seeded fourth, McGrail was given a bye in the first

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preliminary round, before winning in the second. Then a matchup. He knew

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a win would get him a bronze medal in his first World Championships. We

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joined about in the third round. Your commentators Ronnie Michael

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Tonge and Richie Woodall. -- Ronnie McIntosh. Some adjustment required

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to the beltline. Not just a fashion statement. Good right hand from

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McGrail. It must be visible at all times. McGrail gets a good jab to

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the body. Hence the common expression below the belt. Anything

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below the white line is an illegal punch. A better start of the round

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from McGrail here. He seems to be on the front foot. His footwork has

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been a little bit better. Does not want to be slowing it down.

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Dangerous, De Los Santos, when he conceived the attacks coming, he is

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effective with his right hand. So important McGrail keeps the movement

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going side to side, in and out. The tactic for the man in blue. The man

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in red, when he slows it down, he is still very dangerous indeed. I spoke

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with McGrail in between sessions at the championships. Global medallist

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already at the youth Olympic bronze in 2014 and World Championship

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bronze at the youth level that same year. Here he is one win away from

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repeating that. Confident mood when we spoke in Hamburg. Family support

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as well. His mother and father are here along with other family members

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who have come over from Liverpool. Lovely left hand from the man in

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blue. De Los Santos responds with a right hand to the body. Not as much

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activity coming from the man in red. The action and stews once again. I

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am puzzled with the tactics from De Los Santos. Boxing as if he is well

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ahead and I disagree. McGrail is probably no winning it. McGrail

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seems to think he is winning, boxing at a place where he is trying to get

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through it and for me that is not enough. Better work again from the

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left hand with McGrail. On the ropes. McGrail could not capitalise.

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They fell into one another. Final 30 seconds here. From my vantage point,

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in the commentary position in Hamburg, McGrail has done better

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work in the final round of a contest that appeared to be in the balance.

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Good one - two combination. McGrail puts his man in a headlock. In no

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hurry to let him go. All of these things, body language of a man who

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thinks he has got the contest in the bag. Has it been a dangerous tactic

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from the Manning read? Right at the end of the bell. I think this man's

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celebrations are premature -- the man in red. He did brilliantly in

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the second round after a good first round from McGrail. The third round

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has surely been won by this man. They are seated all around the

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boxing ring. They will have different advantage points. But

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McGrail with a really strong conclusion to the contest. De Los

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Santos, does he know something we do not? The body language at the end,

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he thought he had clearly won and I totally disagree with him and I

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agree with you. McGrail had a better last round from our viewpoint, I

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think he is the winner. In the blue corner... McGrail, the reigning

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European champion has defeated the reigning America's continental

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champion on a split decision verdict 4-1. The man from Merseyside is

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through to the podium after a terrific display. I am made up. Over

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the moon. I could not celebrate because I could not get better than

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a bronze... Made up. All of the family are here, proud, everyone

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back home in Liverpool and my girlfriend, everyone, everyone is

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buzzing. A clearly delighted McGrail into the semifinals where he would

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face the Kazakhstan boxer who had already beaten a top seed early on.

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Right away, 56 kilograms bantamweight action. This is the

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semifinal stage, both of these men guaranteed at least Championship

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bronze. Ranked number 18 in the world, Kairat Yeraliyev, reigning

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two time national Championship gold medallist. His opponent is a four

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time national champion of England and Great Britain, ranked number 13

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in the world, Peter McGrail. Movement, one of the hallmarks of

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McGrail's boxing. Terrific in the pocket when seemingly in punching

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range. Move so effectively around the clock face, hitting and moving,

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presenting a different angle. The problem Kairat Yeraliyev will have

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here is the movement from McGrail and the man in blue is accomplished

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with his movement, side to side, that is what he has got to do

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against the man in red, Yeraliyev. A fairly powerful man. The problem

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will be controlling McGrail's movement. McGrail has got to hit and

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move and Yeraliyev has got to try to slow down his feet. Yeraliyev

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putting all of his weight on the back foot, and effective shot from

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McGrail. Yeraliyev being spoken to about his arm. Thrusting his for

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harm -- forearm beneath the neck of McGrail, testing his strength. Both

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men moving counterclockwise. I know these two have sparred each other

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because Kazakhstan have been over the GB and shared some multination

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training camps and sparring sessions. These two have sparred.

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They know all about each other. A bit of success with the 1-2

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combination. Left hand behind the right jab has got through on a

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couple of occasions in the last 30 seconds. Can the left-hand from

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McGrail after Yeraliyev was wide of the mark. McGrail coming forward.

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The referee is allowing them to work away. Neither boxer really doing so.

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McGrail slightly quicker, slightly faster hands. Looking at Yeraliyev,

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the punches coming more and wide with his work, that is why McGrail

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is catching him with the sharp left hands. Left-hand success for the man

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in red who is adopting a hand down faster. Shots on the inside to the

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body of Yeraliyev. Ten second clapper, the concluding stages of

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the opening round. McGrail, wide-eyed in concentration. McGrail

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backs up. Touch of blood between the two men -- sporting touch of love.

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Movement good from McGrail. Just catches McGrail with the straight

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1-2. Dangerous, the man in red. McGrail beaten him to the shops. --

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shots. The second round. The outstanding performance by Peter

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McGrail at the quarterfinals to eliminate the tournament number five

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seed from the Dominican Republic. But that display from Yeraliyev

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against a man who beat him two times out of two in the second preliminary

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round, he beat the reigning Olympic bronze medallist, sensational, the

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emotion expressed by McGrail when his hand was raised, good right jab,

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he has built upon that -- the emotion expressed by Yeraliyev. He

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has carried that confidence throughout the competition.

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Yeraliyev quickening the tempo. Fairly wide stance. He uses the

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laid-back. Very important for both boxes to hold the centre of the

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ring. McGrail slowed down his feet. He has to keep hitting and moving

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and going to the side. Better movement from McGrail. He has to

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capitalise on it and make his opponent miss and then he has to

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score, the man in blue. Good left-hand there, McGrail. Yeraliyev

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retweeting voluntarily from the ropes, trying to lay a trap,

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catching McGrail in the square on stance. Good defence with the right

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hand blocking the shot from Yeraliyev. When your opponent's feet

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are slow, you have to do the opposite. He wants you to stand and

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trade, trying to slow you down. If his feet are very slow. You have to

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quicken up, in and out, side to side, that is what McGrail has to

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do. Yeraliyev is occasionally making McGrail stand and trade. McGrail has

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to move. Yeraliyev needs him to stay in one place. Making the man in red

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miss. No counter from McGrail. Did not get through with anything

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effective. Spoken to about holding his

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opponent, McGrail. Pulling down on the back of his head. Yosbany Veitia

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with his wide legged stance, straight punches there, another

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right hand from Yeraliyev. Catching McGrail coming in. Terrific from

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Yeraliyev. Beautiful shot. Good work from McGrail in and out as well. The

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man in blue is moving better. When he makes his opponent miss, he has

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to come back and the -- and score. Both men are smiling in the

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direction of one another. They exchange another sporting touch of

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glove. They will be fairly pleased in the blue corner. Good work from

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McGrail. Caught with their left hand from Yeraliyev who was always

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dangerous. Good movement from Peter McGrail. After the side. Done his

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work, back out to safety. Good boxing. The third and final round.

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Ofwat has been a contest of contrasting styles. Peter McGrail

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exhibiting wonderful manoeuvres, dipping at the knees, nice head

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movement. Yeraliyev more flat-footed, good shocked the body

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and counter left-hand over the from McGrail. McGrail letting his hands

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go. Good from the man in red. Starting to pick it up a bit,

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Yeraliyev. The first 25 seconds of the round, he felt asleep, I

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thought. McGrail did a lot better, started the round much quicker.

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Yeraliyev, got to do more work, the man in red.

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A bit of forearm from Yeraliyev. McGrail not complaining, the action

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continues. Again, McGrail making the man miss repeatedly. Any veteran

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will tell you it is a very frustrating exercise indeed, to be

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hitting nothing but fresh air. To shot salvo to the body. Counter

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left-hand upstairs. Good boxing. McGrail switched the attack and

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stairs, afforded a couple of shots. McGrail, when moving, gets into a

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rhythm, difficult to box against. Movement excellent again from the

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man in blue. Hot shotting effectively with the two men

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engaging in a stand-off. Staring at each other. Counter right hand from

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McGrail with perhaps the best jab from that exchange. Working his own

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left-hand now is Yeraliyev. The minute to go in the third and final

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round. Yeraliyev trying to slow down the pace, draw his man, draw a lead

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from his man that he can counter. McGrail remaining concentrated,

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switching between high and low as well. It is Yeraliyev feeling the

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pace, furtive glance to the red corner. Perhaps enquiring as to how

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long is left. Is McGrail trying to look busy doing nothing to buy

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himself sometime? I think he is struggling a little bit, Yeraliyev,

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in terms of the pace. Probably a bit tired. Trying to stay on the outside

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and wait for McGrail to come in. It is up to McGrail to push it home,

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the faster work he has got. Surely McGrail has to test is conditioning

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in the closing sessions, see how the man responds. Ten second clapper.

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Yeraliyev, standing, looking threatening, but not doing very much

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at all. How will the judges score it? Yeraliyev thinks he has got it

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but McGrail immediately raises his right hand to his supporters in

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Hamburg. It will be interesting to see. I think McGrail did the better

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work in the last round. Dangerous, the left-hand, let us see who has

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got it. Ladies and gentlemen, the winner... In the red corner... It is

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McGrail, the 18th in the world, goes through to the gold bout with a

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unanimous decision over Peter McGrail. Bronze for the man from

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Merseyside. It means the world to me. To win another medal. My second

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major tournament as a senior. Made up, all of the family are proud.

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Gutted it is not gold. It was at the Europeans. A few more years

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experience at the top level and a few more fights and I am pretty sure

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I will be bringing a world gold-medal home. Not the result he

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came for. Where did it go wrong? Firstly, I thought he boxed really

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well. What a year, European champion, bronze medal at the World

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Championships, cracking year, brilliant. He will be disappointed,

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but he needs to remember three years before London Olympic Games, 2009, I

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was not even in the GB squad. Three of us worked hard and got medals. He

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has got a world at his feet. He should be really proud. We saw some

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of the fancy footwork from McGrail that he has become famous for. From

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what you have seen of him do you think you can go on the big things

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and challenge for a medal at Tokyo 2020? 100%. Very young team here. We

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have done well. Peter McGrail has boxed really well. The reason why he

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did not win that fight is because the Catholic who is very expensed

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and composed, what I would love to see McGrail do is work on the

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outside a little bit -- the cows. At stages, it was like watching a

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mirror, both guys very similar. If you can add the composure to his

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game, he will be their or thereabouts next year, let alone in

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three years' time. When someone wins a world medal, how much does that do

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for team spirit? It will set the team alive. One of the best in the

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world. That is fact. His confidence will go through the roof. Next time

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he fights the Kazakhstan E fighter again, he will have an aura. The

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guys will see him, his funding will go up, they will want a bit, they

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will trade harder to get some of the action as well. What do you think

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about his performance customer not as composed, but do you think he can

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go on the big things? -- what do you think about his performance? He has

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all of the tricks, the speed. What he does really well, he changes the

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distance, he throws long hooks, Short hoax, straight, changes the

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distance, terrific fighter, bags of talent, he will go all the way, I

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really do think that. Not to be for McGrail or GB's Lee McGregor who was

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beaten by a US fighter and it was Reagan who went onto the

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bantamweight final. We are going to the third and final round between

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two men contesting their fifth bout at Hamburg 2017. Both have got

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through to the point. Good right hand from Ragan. Ragan looking to

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rough up the man from the inside. Second preliminary round, Yeraliyev

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terrific display. Hustling away at close quarters, trying to target the

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body, increasingly physical. This is where Ragan wants it, but can he

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exploited? He does want it on the inside. Ragan has done the better

:27:09.:27:13.

work at mid and long range. But on the other hand, Yeraliyev, good work

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from him on the inside. Scrappy and messy, getting through with some

:27:19.:27:23.

shots. Stalemate. More success probably on the inside than he is at

:27:24.:27:26.

long range. Not accurate enough at mid and long range. Instructed it is

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Ragan who seems to be keen to initiate the clincher after an

:27:34.:27:35.

initial burst of punches. On the inside. This is his fifth contest,

:27:36.:27:41.

is he feeling the pace at the midpoint, approaching the midpoint,

:27:42.:27:45.

of the third and final round? Loading up on the right hand,

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missing by some distance, Ragan. Again, another physical tussle

:27:51.:27:57.

causing Ragan to go down to the canvas. Spoken to about the

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infraction, Yeraliyev, muscling down his man like that. Immediately take

:28:03.:28:06.

up similar postures again. Difficult to judge. From the judges'

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perspective on the inside. It is scrappy, messy, you cannot go either

:28:13.:28:20.

way there. The referee having her hands full keeping them apart is

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once again they fall into the chests of one another. Ragan working away

:28:26.:28:29.

with his free right hand. Yeraliyev trying to tie him up. Is he saving

:28:30.:28:35.

himself for a grandstand finish? Less than a minute to go. Again,

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this is how he boxed against Peter McGrail. The furtive glance to the

:28:41.:28:45.

red corner. He has got away with it so many times, the 1-2 and launches

:28:46.:28:52.

forward with his left hand, leaning over. Ragan got to show composure

:28:53.:28:58.

here. Again, he misses wildly, Yeraliyev. I think you are right, he

:28:59.:29:03.

is showing signs of fatigue. The man in red. He keeps turning sideways as

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well again. The referee is on him. He has been spoken to repeatedly

:29:11.:29:18.

about various transgressions. Closing seconds, and lucky to pick

:29:19.:29:21.

up an official warning here. Ten second clapper sanded. More

:29:22.:29:31.

clinching than wrestling from mid and long range. The American

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confident he has done enough to be the World Championship. Messy in the

:29:39.:29:45.

bantamweight division of 56 K G. Terrible last round, quality was not

:29:46.:29:52.

very good at all. Yeraliyev, he prefers this type of contest but

:29:53.:29:57.

there is nothing cleaner that is landing for both boxes. The winner

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by split decision... In the red corner... It is Yeraliyev! Kairat

:30:05.:30:13.

Yeraliyev has claimed World Championship gold here by the

:30:14.:30:16.

narrowest of margins. 3-2 on the scorecard over Duke Ragan from the

:30:17.:30:23.

USA, the 19-year-old from Cincinnati, Ohio, in his first world

:30:24.:30:27.

boxing Championships, he comes away with the fantastic silver medal, no

:30:28.:30:31.

doubt disappointed at this stage, but that is plenty to build upon for

:30:32.:30:33.

the American programme. They say the Worlds is the hardest

:30:34.:30:46.

competition to win and that has proved that case here in Hamburg.

:30:47.:30:53.

The Brett location rack went out in the second round to the Colombian,

:30:54.:31:00.

and there was a similar fate for Niall Farrell who also fell in the

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second round to another Colombian. Moving up a weight, and there must

:31:07.:31:10.

be something in the water in the north-east. Burnley amateur boxing

:31:11.:31:13.

club has become the first boxing club to have three Great Britain

:31:14.:31:19.

fighters at a World Championships... 69 kilos, welterweight. Callum

:31:20.:31:29.

French, 60 kilos, lightweight. That McCormack. We have been going

:31:30.:31:38.

together since we were 12 years old... We have been best friends as

:31:39.:31:43.

youngsters. Everyone thinks we are living the dream. Absolutely

:31:44.:31:51.

fantastic performance by the young England boxing team. We hope we can

:31:52.:32:01.

to the same at the Worlds. A great feeling, going away with a few met.

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You want to win even more. A great feeling, going

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away with a few mates. Looking forward to it, working and

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living together. Firing at the moment. It is a different level

:32:17.:32:27.

isn't it, the Worlds? It is our dream. Like anything in real life,

:32:28.:32:31.

we will just go out there and do what we have to do. Boxing on the

:32:32.:32:35.

big stage, with the best in the world.

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So much confidence and water feet by the Birtley club to get the men to

:32:45.:32:51.

this championship, but it wasn't to be for Calum French, to get the

:32:52.:32:58.

Mexican in his first round, but then he was on the wrong end of a hotly

:32:59.:33:03.

debated split decision against his Ukrainian born into. Frenchman Sofia

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Young Bill -- Sofiane Feghouli -- Oumiha got through. The light

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welterweight division was eventually won by the brilliant Cuban athlete

:33:24.:33:34.

Andy Cruz, leaving it down to Pat MacCormack, and the Rio Olympian had

:33:35.:33:39.

two class A preliminaries which led to a quarterfinal against the

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reigning Olympic silver medallist and the top

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seed Shakhram Giyasov, of Uzbekistan.

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COMMENTATOR: Top action between boxes of use Pakistan and England.

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Shakhram Giyasov, the reigning silver medallist from Rio last

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summer. His opponent, wearing blue, just got through with a good jab,

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England's Pat McCormick, ranked number 15 in the world, he comes to

:34:19.:34:23.

the ring as the reigning two-time European Championship silver

:34:24.:34:31.

medallist. A fascinating contest in store because both of these men are

:34:32.:34:36.

highly skilled. Giyasov is a very explosive puncher. McCormack also

:34:37.:34:43.

possesses sensational skills. He has already experienced top position on

:34:44.:34:46.

a medal podium at the World Championships, a world junior gold

:34:47.:34:50.

back in 2011. Got through with a hard right cross there. Giyasov is

:34:51.:34:55.

going a little wider with that letter to the body and I think

:34:56.:34:58.

McCormack needs to get his timing right with his left hand. As Giyasov

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is trying to land that shot he should just beat him to the punch

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with that straight right hand of his, but we are at this stage in the

:35:07.:35:10.

tournament where you can't really afford to make any mistakes and that

:35:11.:35:14.

was a lovely left-hand from McCormack. You will get punished so

:35:15.:35:22.

you have to limit those but you all to -- was off to try to push your

:35:23.:35:25.

body back, very important at this level. You must push them back and

:35:26.:35:31.

keep the judges happy. We think at GB with that style of judging they

:35:32.:35:35.

prefer boxers on the front foot in these tournaments now. Given his

:35:36.:35:44.

credentials there, and in the professional ranks, part of the

:35:45.:35:49.

coaching staff, Richie, so that is the type of knowledge he is able to

:35:50.:35:52.

share with the current generation of English and GB boxers. It is all

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about their programme. Indeed, many of them share coaching techniques in

:36:04.:36:08.

the camps, and that is the type of analysis he can bring to his

:36:09.:36:11.

position here. Terrific crowd boxing so far. Giyasov has had success on

:36:12.:36:18.

the back foot. -- terrific round of boxing so far. Giyasov being made to

:36:19.:36:29.

miss. Yes, he has drawn a lot, Giyasov, but not really hitting the

:36:30.:36:33.

target. Probably need to sleep in close quarters to get up to

:36:34.:36:38.

McCormack. He has boxed clever contest up until now on the back

:36:39.:36:44.

foot, Giyasov having success but McCormack has boxed well, in making

:36:45.:36:48.

his opponent echec-mac. This is where you get the sense that Giyasov

:36:49.:36:52.

is at his most comfortable, when he goes out for his man, hands down by

:36:53.:37:02.

a side. Punishing every shot. A lot of threatening in this round,

:37:03.:37:06.

Giyasov, but a lot of misses as well, so he probably through more

:37:07.:37:09.

punches than McCormack but I don't think he hit the target as much as

:37:10.:37:13.

McCormack dead. McCormack punched well on the back foot, two or three

:37:14.:37:18.

shots going well. Giyasov on his gloves together then, trying to urge

:37:19.:37:24.

his opponent on. I think he got cold there. We are into the second round.

:37:25.:37:31.

The boxer wearing blue has just taken a hard left hand to the body,

:37:32.:37:37.

but the referee, from Canada, warning and reminding Giyasov to

:37:38.:37:42.

punch correctly, before he left the blue corner the English court said

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to his man Pat McCormack, and that was a good move there. No problem

:37:51.:37:59.

boxing on the back foot, but just go back at your opponent occasionally

:38:00.:38:02.

to try to push them back. He then made think twice about coming

:38:03.:38:05.

forward and trying to dictate on the front foot. I think at the moment

:38:06.:38:11.

McCormack is boxing really well. Giyasov has to improve. He looks

:38:12.:38:14.

threatening, looks like he has a good left hook to the body. He is

:38:15.:38:22.

starting his attacks too far out, but this is better boxing from

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McCormack. A terrific left right combination. Look at the red corner

:38:28.:38:32.

at the top of your screen. Imploring their man to go forward and try to

:38:33.:38:35.

get some effect of aggression going. I think McCormack is setting traps,

:38:36.:38:40.

looking for the advancing Giyasov. Because he got caught, they are,

:38:41.:38:45.

that made him think twice about going forward, Giyasov, because

:38:46.:38:49.

McCormack got in with a good right and left combination. So this is not

:38:50.:38:55.

easy for Giyasov although he is the favourite in this contest, but not

:38:56.:38:58.

an easy night at the moment for. Ranked number three in the world in

:38:59.:39:03.

the tournament, Giyasov, the number one seed. McCormack is seeded number

:39:04.:39:10.

eight and ranked 15 in the world. He is able to relax now. Hard left hand

:39:11.:39:15.

to the body from Giyasov but the shot upstairs was partially blocked

:39:16.:39:20.

by McCormack. I think one of the tactics from the English has been to

:39:21.:39:23.

frustrate that opponent and I think that is what they are doing here.

:39:24.:39:28.

Giyasov coming forward, making mistakes. But I think McCormack is

:39:29.:39:33.

boxing clever contest. Frustration is creeping into Giyasov and that

:39:34.:39:39.

may just create more opportunities for McCormack. More pungent with a

:39:40.:39:42.

straight variety from McCormack and he got through with a lovely left

:39:43.:39:48.

jab, after a cluster. Some of the flashy shots attempted by Giyasov,

:39:49.:39:55.

and that missed by some distance. Away on the inside, Giyasov, again

:39:56.:39:58.

imploring his man to come forward, threatening. It is crucial for

:39:59.:40:04.

McCormack to remain concentrated on the task at hand and stick to what

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is proving to be a pretty effective game plan so far. The closing

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seconds of the second round. Again plenty of animated instruction from

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Giyasov's corner, landing with a good left jab and then a over the

:40:24.:40:28.

top. He is swaggering his way across the ring. A good conclusion to the

:40:29.:40:40.

round from this man. A fairly calm corner, isn't it, the English

:40:41.:40:44.

corner? And rightly so. I think their man is boxing very well at the

:40:45.:40:48.

moment. I think in the last minute of the round Giyasov came back into

:40:49.:40:52.

it and started to get to McCormack a little more, but overall in the

:40:53.:40:55.

round again I thought it was a good display of boxing from McCormack,

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positive with his counters. Until now it has been a good performance.

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We are into the third and final round of what has been an absorbing

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welterweight tussles over. The boxer wearing blue, England's Pat

:41:11.:41:15.

McCormack, starting with a terrific left jab once again. The reigning

:41:16.:41:20.

silver medallist Giyasov is in pursuit of him but has been in

:41:21.:41:23.

pursuit for the majority of the contest. He got closer in the

:41:24.:41:25.

concluding stages of the second round but for the majority of the

:41:26.:41:30.

round, he has been adopting that posture and is being made to

:41:31.:41:34.

echec-mac, and on occasion McCormack has made him pay. I think one of the

:41:35.:41:39.

fault and mistakes Giyasov has got here, cot with a good shot there,

:41:40.:41:43.

seems to put his hands down, he is actually showing you that he has

:41:44.:41:47.

been hit, and that is a bad sign indeed. He keeps coming forward and

:41:48.:41:52.

we spoke about the pressure of boxers having success in this, but

:41:53.:41:56.

he is missing time and again here, and let's get it right. McCormack is

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winning this contest and boxing better on the back foot. Excessive

:42:02.:42:10.

pressure being applied from Giyasov. McCormack. With the right hand,

:42:11.:42:14.

changing direction wonderfully, McCormack. Right-hand success from

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Giyasov and left-hand success from McCormack. The difference, Ronald,

:42:23.:42:30.

McCormack's timing is a little better than Giyasov, catching him

:42:31.:42:33.

with the eye-catching punches, and he seems to be reacting a little

:42:34.:42:36.

better, and I think the timing has been a little better from him.

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Again, good shots going in. The third and final round, Giyasov's

:42:41.:42:47.

face slightly reddened by the poking shots he has been walking on two.

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McCormack, getting back behind the jab. Giyasov, rising his right glove

:42:52.:42:56.

to say he feels that is a good shot that he landed. The final minute

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now, of this third and final round. McCormack remaining concentrated,

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wonderful left right combination again. Left hook blocked from

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Giyasov. And again, McCormack has the Uzbekistan boxer, imploring him

:43:26.:43:30.

to get forward and get busy, McCormack dictating the temple, lost

:43:31.:43:34.

his footing there. And it is a hard contest, this one. The concentration

:43:35.:43:43.

has been absolute from McCormack. Untidy tangle at close range in the

:43:44.:43:47.

closing seconds, shoeshine shot to the body from Giyasov. Left right

:43:48.:43:52.

combination from the man in red, and another one. McCormack has to finish

:43:53.:43:59.

strong. The left-hand lands from him and is countered immediately from

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Giyasov. The closing stages, and he walks onto a left right combination.

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There is Pat McCormack's twin brother Luke, and the English

:44:13.:44:16.

supporters. A terrific performance from the man in blue and we are

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going to the scorecard. Without a doubt, Ronald, I think there is only

:44:21.:44:24.

one winner for me. From McCormack I think it was a very measured

:44:25.:44:29.

display, and Giyasov him into it in the last round, undoubtedly, but for

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me, McCormack has won this contest. Lee Grant Edelmann, the winner by

:44:38.:44:42.

unanimous decision, and the red corner, representing it Uzbekistan,

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Shakhram Giyasov. Shakhram Giyasov declared a unanimous points decision

:44:49.:44:53.

when, one point for the judges, three points for two judges, and

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England's Pat McCormack, his superb display of backlit boxing, has not

:45:00.:45:02.

been rewarded by the judges here. He is crestfallen over in the blue

:45:03.:45:07.

corner, and it is Giyasov, the Olympic silver medallist, who goes

:45:08.:45:12.

through to the medal podium. The reigning silver medal is left to

:45:13.:45:17.

contemplate a decision that has not gone in his favour. Absolutely

:45:18.:45:21.

gutted. But I won the fight quite easily to be honest. But it outboxed

:45:22.:45:26.

him on the back foot, but the judges didn't give it to me, so gutted.

:45:27.:45:34.

Do you -- would you go after a decision like that, does get you

:45:35.:45:41.

don't? Geller can you I him so I know I am the best in the world. --

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well, I know that I beat him. Was he robbed there? Anyone in this arena,

:45:49.:45:52.

they looked at those two guys, thought, one is number one in the

:45:53.:45:55.

world, one number 15, and everyone would back the one who is number one

:45:56.:45:59.

in the world. He is every bit as good as the welterweight in the

:46:00.:46:04.

world. He is as good as the Cubans, probably my favourite amateur boxer,

:46:05.:46:15.

in the GB team, but probably around the world as well. He is so fast,

:46:16.:46:18.

shark. The way he judges the distance so well. When the guy steps

:46:19.:46:20.

on, he dips his shoulder, walks in. He has got it all. I feel really

:46:21.:46:23.

sorry for him, because you would think, a couple of years ago, he was

:46:24.:46:28.

hard done by, again, I mean, let's see it as it is. He got robbed

:46:29.:46:33.

tonight. Hopefully he sticks at it and one day you will get his just

:46:34.:46:37.

deserts. Does come to a point, whereas as an amateur boxer you

:46:38.:46:40.

think, if I am going to have all these decisions go against me, I

:46:41.:46:43.

might just join the pro ranks and try my luck there? That must be

:46:44.:46:46.

going through their heads, because it is hard, in the GB team you train

:46:47.:46:53.

every week, you give it your all, you are representing yourself, your

:46:54.:46:56.

family, your club, your country, in these tournaments, and Udal -- when

:46:57.:47:00.

you don't get what you deserve it is horrible. But these guys have big

:47:01.:47:06.

futures in the vests representing their countries. Hopefully they

:47:07.:47:08.

stick at it and their time will come. I will be there cheering for

:47:09.:47:13.

them when it does. It has been pretty tough going for the Birtley

:47:14.:47:27.

boys, Pat McCormack and French. Yes, when you represent your country it

:47:28.:47:32.

is an amazing thing, representing them at the World Championship is

:47:33.:47:35.

even better, and three guys from the one club doing it in the same

:47:36.:47:38.

competition, even better. i don't know what they are doing it in the

:47:39.:47:42.

north, but keep it up. they work hard on the gb team, great coaches,

:47:43.:47:47.

up in sheffield, and like i said, the whole gb team, they have a

:47:48.:47:50.

really massive future. Your area of expertise. Which of those three

:47:51.:47:56.

boxers do you think will be kept for big things, out of the McCormacks

:47:57.:48:06.

and Callum French? I love Pat, so fast, so fresh. His legs are really

:48:07.:48:12.

wide apart, but he is so fast and agile, so athletic, you can get over

:48:13.:48:16.

it. And also years perhaps a bit too tends. -- too tense. But hopefully

:48:17.:48:36.

into Tokyo he will go all the way. So Giyasov goes through and he would

:48:37.:48:41.

fight Roniel Iglesias for the gold medal. We join this one in the third

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round. COMMENTATOR: The third and final

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round of the gold medal bout, a rematch from the same stage of the

:48:51.:48:54.

quarterfinal stage of the Olympic Games last summer. The reigning

:48:55.:49:01.

Olympic silver medallist Shakhram Giyasov, who really began to find

:49:02.:49:07.

his range in the second round. Made Iglesias fall short and miss, then

:49:08.:49:12.

landed with some eye-catching combinations, particularly the basic

:49:13.:49:15.

1-2, exploding into range with fast feet and picking off his opponent.

:49:16.:49:22.

Iglesias needs to be more accurate with his jab. Occasionally he has

:49:23.:49:26.

been missing, cop with a couple of left hooks. For me he carries his

:49:27.:49:30.

lead hand a little bit too low to the chest and waste area. That is

:49:31.:49:34.

his style, Iglesias, but he has just come undone in this round with that.

:49:35.:49:39.

He has to keep that right hand a little bit higher. Giyasov again

:49:40.:49:45.

trying to land the right hook. Iglesias, I reigning seven-day

:49:46.:49:48.

national champion of Cuba. His first senior title came back in 2005. 29

:49:49.:49:54.

years of age, good left uppercut from Iglesias there. He has been at

:49:55.:50:04.

the top of AIBA open boxing for some time, digging the world title in

:50:05.:50:07.

Milan, and when he went to retain it two years later he lost at the

:50:08.:50:12.

preliminary round stage, when there was no automatic qualification, so

:50:13.:50:17.

that was a round of 64. Good right jab from Iglesias there. Beyond the

:50:18.:50:21.

midpoint of the third and final round. Again, fighting in sports,

:50:22.:50:33.

Shakhram Giyasov. Iglesias trying to get away but can't get anything away

:50:34.:50:46.

of quality. Again, on the back foot, Giyasov, hard right hand whipped

:50:47.:50:49.

into the body and it is reinforced for the judges once again. As he

:50:50.:50:52.

holds up that right hand in acknowledgement and celebration. The

:50:53.:50:57.

facial expressions continuing, goading his man in. Landed a good

:50:58.:51:01.

right hand which he celebrates but he took a couple of shots in return.

:51:02.:51:05.

I think he is a clever boxer, Giyasov. He goes for a walk, he

:51:06.:51:12.

bides time. That is how he does it, a few vital seconds, by doing those

:51:13.:51:17.

walks. He showboat. He is a clever lad. Giyasov. And it is that

:51:18.:51:22.

eye-catching stuff again from the man in red, that left hook. Despite

:51:23.:51:28.

the Tiki may be feeling, every time he an attack, the fast twitch --

:51:29.:51:34.

despite the fatigue that he may be feeling. A very explosive fighter.

:51:35.:51:38.

Here is evidence of that once more. Winding up the right hand, a la

:51:39.:51:46.

Sugar Ray Leonard, 1976 Olympic champion from Montreal. They are

:51:47.:51:50.

delighted in that red corner. Shakhram Giyasov warmly embraced by

:51:51.:51:54.

his coaching staff, after a very good performance. A clever display

:51:55.:51:58.

from the reigning Olympic silver medallist, and look at the

:51:59.:52:00.

contrasting body language in that blue corner, therefore more subdued

:52:01.:52:09.

and one suspects they feel it isn't fair, but they're confident it is

:52:10.:52:12.

their man in the red corner who is about to be crowned world champion.

:52:13.:52:17.

What it is worth, I agree, from the body language, as they are

:52:18.:52:21.

interpreting that. Yes, clever display Giyasov here. The most

:52:22.:52:25.

eye-catching work. Yes, I think he has won it. In the red corner...

:52:26.:52:32.

APPLAUSE Shakhram Giyasov is the world

:52:33.:52:37.

champion, a unanimous points decision winner. Over the legendary

:52:38.:52:47.

figure of Roniel Iglesias. He warmly embraces the corner team of the man

:52:48.:52:53.

who has just conquered him. And Shakhram Giyasov with his trademark

:52:54.:52:58.

celebration, absolutely ecstatic. As are his fans, a unanimous points

:52:59.:53:03.

decision winner. To claim World Championship gold here in Hamburg.

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Andy Olympic silver medallist becomes the AIBA world boxing

:53:11.:53:11.

champion. On to the middleweight in Hamburg

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and representing GB, Ben Whitaker, the man from Wolverhampton and a big

:53:23.:53:30.

personality. Benjamin Whitaker, 75 kilograms, middleweight. They call

:53:31.:53:38.

me the Future, the future of boxing, future Olympian, future in the Hall

:53:39.:53:47.

of Fame. I have won the seniors twice, two used titles,

:53:48.:53:50.

Commonwealth, you silver medallist, but that is in the past. I am

:53:51.:53:57.

concentrating on my senior gamers. I try to keep myself level-headed --

:53:58.:54:05.

my senior game now. I have got here for a reason. I know the level it

:54:06.:54:14.

can be and I want to prove that I am number one. After beating Kenya's

:54:15.:54:26.

vigour and winning in the pool and around he was looking in fantastic

:54:27.:54:31.

form going into his round against the

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Ukrainian Oleksandr Khyzhniak. COMMENTATOR: Into the second round

:54:44.:54:47.

and Whittaker comes out immediately carrying out his coach's

:54:48.:54:54.

instructions. But in front of them is Oleksandr Khyzhniak, again moving

:54:55.:54:59.

laterally left and right in wonderful fashion, Ben Whittaker,

:55:00.:55:02.

meaning the man in blue is to stop, change direction and try again. The

:55:03.:55:08.

way with boxing this opponent also is to counter attack, Ronald. You

:55:09.:55:14.

know that he will come forward, very predictable, but before he punches

:55:15.:55:17.

you have to beat him to the punch, it is a counterattack and that is a

:55:18.:55:31.

super attack there from Khyzhniak. That is what has corner were saying,

:55:32.:55:42.

you must hit, punch first then move. Whittaker, slow, gliding around the

:55:43.:55:47.

ring, and arching right hand from Khyzhniak, landed somewhere around

:55:48.:55:50.

his ears, and now he's bulldozing him to the corner, trying to get him

:55:51.:55:55.

to hold his feet. What's it to the space of centre ring and get back

:55:56.:56:00.

behind that long left jab. A terrific display in the second

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preliminary round of the third seed and fourth ranked boxer in the

:56:05.:56:18.

world, from India. Right-hand success again. To keep this man at

:56:19.:56:24.

bay is very difficult indeed. He's experienced, coming forward he is

:56:25.:56:29.

strong, and Whittaker, a young man who has only just made the podium

:56:30.:56:37.

squad. For GB. He is doing well here against a very strong opponent

:56:38.:56:41.

indeed but he has to keep it going, Khyzhniak is very difficult to keep

:56:42.:56:47.

at bay. Remembering his first World Championships two years ago, Richie,

:56:48.:56:50.

when you refer to strength, he was competing at light heavyweight. He

:56:51.:56:54.

has come down in the intervening years, but, my goodness, has he

:56:55.:56:57.

brought that strength with him? He lost in that tournament incidentally

:56:58.:57:03.

to the world champion who went on to take silver, but with an opponent of

:57:04.:57:10.

that calibre... Needs to keep his man subdued. Whittaker's flashes of

:57:11.:57:14.

its here but he has to sustain through three minutes against such

:57:15.:57:21.

experienced operator. Good left jab to the body from Khyzhniak who is

:57:22.:57:24.

getting closer on a repeated basis as he walks around an arcing right

:57:25.:57:28.

hand there. More success with the right hand and a long left.

:57:29.:57:33.

Whittaker becoming a bit disorganised in the closing stages

:57:34.:57:38.

of the second round. A very good conclusion to the second round from

:57:39.:57:41.

Khyzhniak, even though it was punctuated with the bell. Trying to

:57:42.:57:46.

keep the gap all the time between himself and his opponent. Khyzhniak

:57:47.:57:51.

there, trying to land that right hand, skirting around on the outside

:57:52.:57:56.

here, as Ben Whittaker just misses with that left-hand. Into the third

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and final round and a good right hand from Khyzhniak after a left jab

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from Whittaker. Sauce's corner imploding to release some power but

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that is Khyzhniak releasing the bombs -- Whittaker's corner

:58:18.:58:23.

imploring him to release some power. Oh, my goodness, hit by a hook, then

:58:24.:58:28.

more punches to the middle. A terrific start to the third and

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final round by the reigning European champion. Yes, this will be a big

:58:32.:58:38.

test of the young Englishman here. Outside, trying to keep his man at

:58:39.:58:43.

bay, listening to his corner, hitting him, moving. Occasionally

:58:44.:58:45.

you just have to put a little bit more into your shots, to try to keep

:58:46.:58:50.

this man at bay, but we have said it time and time again, Khyzhniak,

:58:51.:58:52.

front foot boxer, very strong indeed. Difficult to the terror. A

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tough job now for big Whittaker. -- difficult to deter him. Whittaker

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managed to evade that right cross, which Khyzhniak had so much success

:59:11.:59:13.

with at the start of this run. Beautiful cut from Whittaker, a long

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shot underneath. Whittaker continuing to dodge and move left

:59:17.:59:23.

and right. Yes that's right uppercut was lovely from him, bringing his

:59:24.:59:27.

opponent onto that jab. Khyzhniak still coming forward, trying to whip

:59:28.:59:31.

the right hand over the top. Khyzhniak very dangerous indeed and

:59:32.:59:34.

he is trying to block the shot coming forward with that high guard

:59:35.:59:42.

we are beyond the midpoint of the third and final round. A retreat

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from Khyzhniak and then left uppercut was not too far away. Paul

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Walmsley over to the left of the screen is just imploring Ben

:59:56.:59:59.

Whittaker to keep the shots long. Speeding left and right through the

:00:00.:00:04.

guard, but look at Khyzhniak work away to that long slender torso of

:00:05.:00:08.

Whittaker, just above the belt line. Yes, some good work from Whittaker,

:00:09.:00:12.

but he just has to move his feet after landing those shots. Good

:00:13.:00:15.

boxing, but he just paid the price of holding the feet are little too

:00:16.:00:19.

long after landing the shots, and you can't do that with this fellow,

:00:20.:00:24.

Khyzhniak. It is what he wants, his opponent to stand in front of him

:00:25.:00:28.

and hold his feet sleek and let his shot score-mac. -- let his shot go.

:00:29.:00:37.

Good left hand from Whittaker. Demonstrating good footwork. Trying

:00:38.:00:47.

to find a home for the right cross. Whittaker in pursuit of his man. Ten

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second clapper has sounded. Exchanging at short range. Terrific

:00:55.:01:01.

contest in the 75 kilograms middleweight division. One suspects

:01:02.:01:08.

it is the man all smiles in the blue corner, Khyzhniak, who has just got

:01:09.:01:12.

a repeat victory over then Whittaker from England. English national

:01:13.:01:17.

champion. Acquitted himself well but I think he was second best here. He

:01:18.:01:23.

did very well in the last round, Whittaker. Lovely combination from

:01:24.:01:27.

the Englishman. Very difficult to keep this man at bay and maintain

:01:28.:01:33.

the gap. For an inexperienced boxer, he did really well, Whittaker.

:01:34.:01:37.

Ladies and gentlemen, the winner by split decision... In the blue corner

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representing the Ukraine... Man-fourty-macro, the reigning

:01:49.:01:49.

European champion, he is through to the medal podium in Hamburg --

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Oleksandr Khyzhniak. A victory over Ben Whittaker who is distraught. He

:01:57.:02:03.

gave an absolutely -- he gave it absolutely everything. But the

:02:04.:02:07.

aggression of Khyzhniak has been rewarded. I did not do my best. I

:02:08.:02:15.

had a game plan, but when you are there, it is different. I just want

:02:16.:02:20.

to say sorry to my dad, my mum, the GB staff and coaches. I think I'll

:02:21.:02:24.

let everybody down because they know I can perform better. My first

:02:25.:02:32.

major. I am putting the work in as soon as I get back to England to

:02:33.:02:36.

change the result. You have to admire his composure. He was very

:02:37.:02:41.

upset, very emotional. What did you think of his performance? He boxed

:02:42.:02:46.

well. Young lad, a lot of ability, talent. Middleweight division. That

:02:47.:02:53.

was my old division. Very hard. You need speed, strength, power. The two

:02:54.:02:58.

things I think he lacks a bit, strength and power. 20 years old. A

:02:59.:03:04.

big future ahead of him. Beautiful footwork. The way he avoids... So

:03:05.:03:08.

elusive. What I would like to see him do more is hold his feet and

:03:09.:03:12.

Punch and tried to hurt his opponent more. Do it again. He reminds me a

:03:13.:03:19.

lot of Luke Campbell. Tall, rangy, very skilful. For a couple of years,

:03:20.:03:23.

he did not have the per power -- the power. If he can add power and

:03:24.:03:30.

strength to his game, he will go all the way because he is tall, great

:03:31.:03:35.

attributes, and I liked the look of him. He said himself how frustrated

:03:36.:03:39.

he was with how he performed. What do you say to someone like that

:03:40.:03:43.

recovering from such a disappointing defeat? How do you advise them on

:03:44.:03:48.

building up mental resilience? I am glad he is upset and hurting because

:03:49.:03:52.

that will make him push further. A couple of majors, I went away, I

:03:53.:03:58.

lost first fight. It was horrible. Watching your friends box, horrible

:03:59.:04:03.

ten days, you want to be involved. That disappointment, it drives you

:04:04.:04:07.

on when you are in the gym sparring, on the running track in the morning,

:04:08.:04:11.

you want to be better, you want to win medals, you want your funding to

:04:12.:04:16.

go up. You want to go to the Olympic Games. Young lad, 20, this today, he

:04:17.:04:22.

will learn a lot from it and it will hold him in good stead for the

:04:23.:04:28.

future. Certainly no disgrace for Whittaker, especially with Khyzhniak

:04:29.:04:32.

going on to win middleweight gold. In the light heavyweight division,

:04:33.:04:36.

Thomas Whittaker heart was representing GB. He picked up a

:04:37.:04:41.

walkover in the first round before falling to a German. Scotland's

:04:42.:04:47.

fighter also bowed out in the first preliminary round to the Georgian

:04:48.:04:52.

fighter. He was dispatched with ease by the third-seeded Irishman Joe

:04:53.:04:57.

Ward. He was proving to be there shining light. Making the

:04:58.:05:03.

semifinals, he faced a tough Uzbekistan number two.

:05:04.:05:16.

COMMENTATOR: Into the third and final round, both of these men

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boxing to see who will square off against the tournament number one

:05:21.:05:31.

seed. If Joe Ward gets a victory, it will be a rematch of the final two

:05:32.:05:38.

years ago. Julio La Cruz got the better of him. Ward going forward.

:05:39.:05:52.

Ward trying to keep him at bay. He certainly moves like a middleweight,

:05:53.:05:57.

Melkusievc, up on his toes quicker. Wild shots again needs a little bit

:05:58.:06:06.

of accuracy from both boxes here. Bit of concentration. Having success

:06:07.:06:15.

with the right hand, Joe Ward. A minute: third and final round.

:06:16.:06:28.

The referee speaking in his direction about the holding tactics

:06:29.:06:39.

being employed. Putting a lot behind it but not finding the range.

:06:40.:06:45.

Cracking read right hook and the backhand that followed was not too

:06:46.:06:50.

far away. Better stuff from the Irishman. Probably should use his

:06:51.:06:59.

left uppercut as well. So committed to land the first shot. Put

:07:00.:07:04.

everything into it. Feet into range quickly. Landed a good shot there.

:07:05.:07:25.

Right hand to the body. You can hear his exertions as he lets every shot

:07:26.:07:30.

go. Feeling the place. Putting everything that he has into each of

:07:31.:07:34.

these punches now looking for a finish inside the distance. He

:07:35.:07:46.

fought at a high tempo, increasing amounts of hitting and leaning

:07:47.:07:53.

punctuating the clean offence now. He ties up at close range, Ward.

:07:54.:07:59.

Closing seconds of the third and final round. Back on the legs once

:08:00.:08:08.

again. Now it is Melkusiev backing up with the ten second clapper

:08:09.:08:14.

sounding. A man with the spectacles, the long-time manager of Wladimir

:08:15.:08:25.

Klitschko and his brother. He recently retired, of course. Long

:08:26.:08:33.

shot there from Joe Ward. Brought his opponent onto it. Split

:08:34.:08:42.

decision. In the red corner... It is Joe Ward, Ireland's Joe Ward sinks

:08:43.:08:48.

to his knees in celebration. A split decision when it. Joe Ward once

:08:49.:08:53.

again will fight for World Championship goals. I put so much

:08:54.:09:02.

work into it. Something special. Looked like a tough fight and

:09:03.:09:04.

perhaps you were not as good as you have been in the previous rounds.

:09:05.:09:07.

What did you make of your performance? The man was very good.

:09:08.:09:13.

Olympic silver medal. Wild silver medal. A lot of pedigree behind him.

:09:14.:09:17.

A close fight. -- world silver medal. Could he win the only World

:09:18.:09:24.

Championship medal to have evaded him so far, the gold? Standing on

:09:25.:09:30.

his wake, three-time World Championship and reigning Olympic

:09:31.:09:34.

champion, Julio La Cruz. -- Kairat Yeraliyev. We are under way and that

:09:35.:09:43.

gold-medal bout between two boxers who know one another very well

:09:44.:09:48.

indeed. A tangle of legs and a flurry of punches. The reigning

:09:49.:09:53.

three-time world champion. No knock-downs as the referee from

:09:54.:09:57.

Belarus. Immediately, Joe Ward testing the strength of his

:09:58.:10:01.

opponent, leaning on him at close range. Really positive start from

:10:02.:10:07.

Ward on the front foot. Going for it. Usually he sits back and waits.

:10:08.:10:15.

Here he knows he is against a master tactician in La Cruz who likes to

:10:16.:10:19.

slow it down. Ward is on the front foot, will try to go through the

:10:20.:10:24.

gears and quicken the tempo. If La Cruz is allowed to settle down into

:10:25.:10:28.

his rhythm, he is a nightmare. A good positive start from the

:10:29.:10:34.

Irishman. Hard left- right to the body. Right hand was particularly

:10:35.:10:41.

effective from La Cruz. If you allow him to settle into a rhythm, very

:10:42.:10:45.

difficult to beat indeed. Look at the man able to lean back flexible

:10:46.:10:54.

wasted fighter. Body shot there from Ward. When he goes to the outside,

:10:55.:11:00.

he wants the gap between himself and his opponent, La Cruz, that is when

:11:01.:11:07.

Ward has to jump on him and quicken the tempo. Ward hits and moved

:11:08.:11:10.

backwards to create a gap and creating time and space and that is

:11:11.:11:15.

what you have to deny him and that is why Ward is on the front foot.

:11:16.:11:21.

Ward is normally a back foot counterpunching boxer but he knows

:11:22.:11:24.

he has to change tactics for this one. Credit to him for trying

:11:25.:11:29.

something different in pursuit of gold. Ward so familiar with every

:11:30.:11:36.

inch of the ring canvas, he knows where the robes are, just floats his

:11:37.:11:43.

way around the ring -- the ropes. Confident fashion, difficult to pin

:11:44.:11:48.

down. Ward remaining steadfastly to his task. Left hand to the body was

:11:49.:11:55.

not too far away from Ward. Trying to work his way inside behind the

:11:56.:12:01.

jab. Classic case as well that you have to double up your attacks

:12:02.:12:06.

against La Cruz. A single attack is not enough. He does the lay back and

:12:07.:12:10.

finds the space and on the outside again. You have to keep it going and

:12:11.:12:16.

to sustain it. Counter right hand, effective shot from La Cruz. Ward,

:12:17.:12:21.

three in the world. Hard right hand above the belt line. Flat-footed

:12:22.:12:29.

posture adopted by La Cruz. Ward fainting with the feet, the left

:12:30.:12:33.

hand that was preceding the right was not too far away. The positive

:12:34.:12:41.

start from Ward but La Cruz settled into his rhythm. Positive start from

:12:42.:12:47.

Ward. Great start from the man in blue. La Cruz got back into it as

:12:48.:12:51.

the round went on, starting to take things better. Into the second round

:12:52.:12:57.

of the 81 kilograms light heavyweight final at Hamburg 2017. A

:12:58.:13:06.

rematch of the final from two years ago and Doha. Joe Ward got silver on

:13:07.:13:11.

that occasion. Third meeting between these two, all on the World

:13:12.:13:14.

Championship stage, good right hand from Ward. Looking for his first

:13:15.:13:19.

victory. Good left jab before the fighters fell into a clinch. The

:13:20.:13:25.

difficult job for Joe Ward. He has to try and find the space on the

:13:26.:13:31.

inside. Very difficult indeed. La Cruz knows his strength is at mid

:13:32.:13:36.

and long range. When they come in at close quarters, he will hold and

:13:37.:13:39.

bring his opponent into his body weight and wait for the referee to

:13:40.:13:43.

separate, and goes back on his bike again. Targeting the right hand

:13:44.:13:48.

effectively in the second round. Ward Square on the ropes, trying to

:13:49.:13:54.

goad Ward to tempt him into coming forward. Enjoying his work now, the

:13:55.:13:58.

reigning champion. Looking for his fourth consecutive title. Good from

:13:59.:14:07.

Ward. He scores with a snaking right hand between the defences of the man

:14:08.:14:13.

from Ireland. Full of confidence, La Cruz. But Ward is having a good go

:14:14.:14:18.

and he caught Ward with a good shot. Has to watch what he is doing, the

:14:19.:14:23.

Cuban. We know Ward is a quality performer himself and has to

:14:24.:14:27.

concentrate and tried to put the punches together and try to catch La

:14:28.:14:32.

Cruz maybe when he is moving away. Then his hands are so low. Look how

:14:33.:14:38.

low his hands. He hits and moves backwards, hands very low, difficult

:14:39.:14:43.

to catch. Joshua came away with Olympic bronze in Rio last summer,

:14:44.:14:49.

he fought La Cruz in the first preliminary round. Another good

:14:50.:14:56.

right hand landed. But he fought and to put him on the canvas, remember.

:14:57.:15:02.

As Ward lands with another right hand. He said that he moved just

:15:03.:15:09.

enough at the last moment, so you think you have got him and then you

:15:10.:15:14.

are just hitting fresh air. That is why he is Olympic champion and third

:15:15.:15:20.

time world champion, Ward. His judgment of distance is exceptional.

:15:21.:15:29.

He has got deceptively long arms. Throwing the shots from his waist

:15:30.:15:34.

and from his knees. Very hard to detect. He sets the traps of having

:15:35.:15:38.

low hands and you think you can catch him as you move towards him,

:15:39.:15:43.

like that, you get caught. Clever boxer. Very frustrating to box

:15:44.:15:48.

against. Remaining committed to his task, Joe Ward, back on the front

:15:49.:15:55.

foot, he too with his hands down. Baring his gumshield, another very

:15:56.:16:03.

good round of boxing for him. 1996 Olympic champion on the left there.

:16:04.:16:08.

Wladimir Klitschko. The shot we spoke about earlier that Ward

:16:09.:16:15.

landed, good punch. Trying the lay back himself. But Ward, long arms.

:16:16.:16:25.

-- but La Cruz, long arms. The third and final round of the gold-medal

:16:26.:16:29.

bout between boxers who know one another very well indeed, a rematch

:16:30.:16:34.

of the 2015 World Championship final from Doha. The man in red packing

:16:35.:16:37.

and poking with the right hand and making his man this by millimetres,

:16:38.:16:46.

the reigning three-time World champion, Julio La Cruz. Ward

:16:47.:16:53.

bamboozle. La Cruz came back with a wonderful left jab, the king of

:16:54.:16:59.

every domain open to him, Olympic champion, world champion, America's

:17:00.:17:02.

champion, Joe Ward, just 23, claimed his third European title this

:17:03.:17:11.

summer. Trying to go one better than the World Championship silver he

:17:12.:17:19.

came away with two years ago. And in 2013, Ward beat two. That is the

:17:20.:17:25.

idea of Ward's ability, ranked number three in the world,

:17:26.:17:30.

tournament number three seed, it is this man who consistently gets the

:17:31.:17:34.

better of him, but La Cruz generally gets the better of everyone he faces

:17:35.:17:39.

in the light heavyweight ranks. Boxing well here. Ward continuing to

:17:40.:17:45.

pursue his man, looking for openings on the inside, neither man working

:17:46.:17:50.

away, the referee allowing them to do so. We pass the midpoint of the

:17:51.:17:56.

third and final stanza. Occasionally Ward throws the 1-2 and he brings

:17:57.:18:01.

his left leg around because La Cruz is so far but with the laid-back, he

:18:02.:18:08.

literally changes stance. The right tactic. He has to try to close down

:18:09.:18:14.

the gap, used his jabs more, Ward. He is upping the tempo, the right

:18:15.:18:20.

thing to do. He has to do it more behind double jabs, double attacks,

:18:21.:18:23.

sustain the pressure. Easier said than done. Ward, versatile boxer, he

:18:24.:18:31.

can box going backwards, perhaps his favoured default position. He lands

:18:32.:18:36.

a good right hand. Causes Ward to become disorganised. He is spoken to

:18:37.:18:42.

by the referee about turning his back on his opponent. -- causes La

:18:43.:18:49.

Cruz to become disorganised. Trying the same shot again, did not land,

:18:50.:18:54.

but he made Ward miss before coming back with a wonderful shot. Ward

:18:55.:18:59.

trying to walk down his man but he cannot get him to stay still long

:19:00.:19:04.

enough to land any leather. He has been made to miss repeatedly.

:19:05.:19:08.

Another masterful display by Julio La Cruz, no doubt on the cusp of

:19:09.:19:16.

emulating Hernandez, his compatriot, four World Championship golds in the

:19:17.:19:23.

well the late -- the welterweight decision. Sporting touch. He is

:19:24.:19:28.

confident he has claimed his fourth successive World Championship golds,

:19:29.:19:32.

La Cruz. Applause from the capacity crowd in attendance in Hamburg. They

:19:33.:19:37.

have just witnessed another masterful display from the world

:19:38.:19:44.

undisputed number one in the 81 kilograms light heavyweight

:19:45.:19:46.

division, Julio La Cruz. Joe Ward gave it everything he had. Once

:19:47.:19:50.

again, he found it difficult to pin down this man. In the red corner...

:19:51.:20:00.

Representing Cuba, Julio La Cruz. Julio La Cruz performs his familiar

:20:01.:20:06.

celebratory salute, his fourth successive World Championship gold

:20:07.:20:12.

medal. This the canvas in celebration. His fourth successive

:20:13.:20:19.

World Championship title. -- kiss of the canvas. Really exceptional

:20:20.:20:29.

Cuban. I gave it my all. I had my moments in the fight. Overall, he

:20:30.:20:32.

deserved to win. Three Will Chudley jibs under your belt now, how far

:20:33.:20:37.

away are you from challenging for gold and beating the world's best?

:20:38.:20:42.

-- three World Championships. Not too far. Not a lot in it. I am

:20:43.:20:49.

always improving. He is getting older, I am fit and young. Who

:20:50.:20:54.

knows, maybe if the Olympics comes around, different story. Once again,

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Ward loses the La Cruz in a final of the World Championships, as in 2015.

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What did you make of Ward's performance? Ward is horrible to

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watch, very awkward, was the box against. On the back foot, he wants

:21:12.:21:20.

you to come in. Give him space, he will pick you. One of those ones,

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very hard to fight. Joe tried to rough him up a little bit. La Cruz,

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he does tire. Semi final fight, on the floor a couple of times in the

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last round, through sheer tiredness. Today he boxed well. Long tournament

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for him as well. La Cruz best light heavyweight in the world. Joe Ward

:21:42.:21:46.

has been to three World Championships, how long until he

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becomes the world champion? I think his one problem will be La Cruz. La

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Cruz is 29, he relies on reflexes. You cannot do that forever.

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Eventually, he will slow down, lose our yard of pace, so to speak. Joe

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Ward, the wild swings, he might be able to catch and potentially beat

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him. If La Cruz is around doing his thing, will struggle. Now time for

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the heavyweights and going for GB, a man who is happy-go-lucky and lucky

:22:19.:22:20.

to be alive. I was living in Jamaica at the time.

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I thought I would be real smart about it and go to an unfinished

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building site and I fell, landed on the steel rod, it went straight into

:22:43.:22:48.

my stomach. The doctor said to my mum, I am very lucky, a very lucky

:22:49.:22:55.

young man. During the operation, I flat lined on the table. Ten years

:22:56.:23:00.

later, when I was 18, I was working. For two weeks, I had this pain.

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Excruciating. I've still got this pain, walking up the steps, stepped

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on the last step and fell down the steps. The doctor looked at me and

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said, your appendix exploded inside you. We had to do all we could to

:23:16.:23:19.

save you. I was really grateful for that. Here I am. Sometimes I look

:23:20.:23:32.

back and I think, wow, I have come a long way. I met Prince Charles. I

:23:33.:23:37.

said, I would give you the 1-2. You don't want any more! He tried to

:23:38.:23:42.

punch me! That was a good moment. The novice, he fought his way

:23:43.:23:49.

through five fights to win a brilliant European Championships

:23:50.:23:56.

silver medal. It is all about the level up. Taking it one moment at a

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time. I am full of confidence and they are full of confidence in my

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abilities. Fantastic performance from Clarke. I am not saying my goal

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was always to go to the Olympics. I started boxing when I was 18.

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Especially in the last couple of years, yeah, I want to go there, I

:24:17.:24:22.

want to win gold. Make everybody is proud. And again inspire people.

:24:23.:24:33.

Yeah, gold medal, Olympics. Bizarrely, Clarke made it through to

:24:34.:24:37.

the quarterfinals without fighting after a bye in the first round and a

:24:38.:24:41.

walkover in the second when his Angolan opponent did not make it to

:24:42.:24:45.

the way in. He would have to face the Cuban legend, the second seed,

:24:46.:24:52.

in his quarterfinal, Erislandy Savon. Could he cause massive upset?

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COMMENTATOR: We are under way. This contest, quarterfinal stage of the

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91 kilogram heavyweight division. The man in red, bustling forwards,

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England's Clarke, heavy-handed hitter from Gravesham. Competing in

:25:13.:25:20.

his first world boxing Championships, the reigning 2017

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two-time national champion of England, also taken national titles

:25:24.:25:29.

in Jamaica, the nation he represented at the 2014 Commonwealth

:25:30.:25:32.

Games in light heavyweight. His opponent in blue, Erislandy Savon,

:25:33.:25:37.

reigning silver medallist from two years ago at the World Championship

:25:38.:25:41.

's, took his third America's continental title earlier this

:25:42.:25:46.

summer in Honduras. Clarke came away with a brilliant European silver

:25:47.:25:53.

with his heavy-handed hitting in evidence. Does not get much tougher

:25:54.:25:59.

for Clarke. Does not do him any favours in this tournament, his

:26:00.:26:02.

buys. Have to get up and running. Employing the right tactics, knows

:26:03.:26:09.

he has to get inside the long arms of his Cuban opponent, Clarke. Very

:26:10.:26:13.

skilful, tall, rangy, brilliant from the centre of the ring, Savon. A

:26:14.:26:18.

little vulnerable from the ropes. That is what Clarke has to target.

:26:19.:26:23.

Fast attacks and sustain the pressure and push the Cuban back to

:26:24.:26:29.

the ropes, where he is a little bit vulnerable, Savon, and were Clarke

:26:30.:26:32.

has to find a space to whip shots over the top. He knows all about the

:26:33.:26:44.

English and Great British opposition, Anthony Joshua in the

:26:45.:26:49.

Olympic Games in 2012, his first opponent. He made life difficult for

:26:50.:26:54.

the man who went on to take Olympic gold. And Lawrence in Rio last

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summer. Good right hand from Clarke, left jab in response from Clarke. --

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good right hand from Savon. Needs to apply pressure here. Very skilful

:27:12.:27:17.

experienced operator. A real art to the inside boxing and that is what

:27:18.:27:25.

Clarke has to do here. Closing the gap down and getting on the inside

:27:26.:27:28.

without getting hit, choosing the right punches on the inside,

:27:29.:27:32.

creating space, another problem you have to get around, and getting back

:27:33.:27:37.

to the thinking distance, out punching range, to plan the next

:27:38.:27:41.

attack. The three areas you have to master as a good inside fighter.

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Successful the left hook. Period of the opening round 30 seconds ago

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when Savon stepped up the pressure on the front foot himself and

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looking to get the uppercut always an effective antidote if you can get

:27:58.:28:03.

it way. Good opening round of boxing. Spurts of pressure from

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Clarke when he had success trying to whip the shot over the top, caught

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coming forward. Just misses with his left hook. Savon a better fighter,

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but Clarke nearly caught him with the right hand up close. Into the

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second round. Just instructing Clarke wants it at his own pace, but

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he has started quickly in the second round, the snaking left hand he

:28:41.:28:44.

possesses, looking to establish it. When he gets it working, very

:28:45.:28:53.

difficult proposition indeed. Wonderful move around the ring, like

:28:54.:28:57.

so many of his compatriots, good footwork, Clarke targeting the body.

:28:58.:29:08.

A man with a good right hook. I am not sure this type of tempo is going

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to make life uncomfortable for Savon, but is being applied by

:29:15.:29:17.

Clarke at the moment. Maybe he is trying to lure in the man. But this

:29:18.:29:24.

tempo will suit Savon counter the ground. It will do, but this is now

:29:25.:29:32.

the effect of having buys. If he had a contest, he would have got into

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the tournament. You shake off cobwebs in the first one anyway. Up

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against Savon, one of the best heavyweight in the world, a tough

:29:41.:29:46.

ask for Clarke. The buys, he had a bye and then an opponent has pulled

:29:47.:29:52.

out, two walkovers, basically, has not done him any favours, coming

:29:53.:29:58.

into a contest against such a high calibre opponent. By virtue of the

:29:59.:30:02.

number one seeding, a bye in the first round, right uppercut, came

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through with a cheeky little left against Savon. In the second round,

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unanimous winner against Ukraine fighter. As you pointed out, Clarke

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has had to wait on the sidelines. A bye in the opening round and a

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walkover victory in the second preliminary round against a man from

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Angola. It is the manner in which Clarke came onto the ring,

:30:35.:30:41.

confident, effusive character. Walked into another left jab. Needs

:30:42.:30:46.

to improve his head movement, Clarke, being picked off by the

:30:47.:30:51.

punches of Savon. Terrific uppercut. That is not the belt and the round.

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The referee has intervened. Clarke going back to the corner. He

:30:57.:31:04.

intervened... The intermission came at the tutors moment for Clarke

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because he was under some pressure. -- a full tutors moment. Starting to

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control the distance very well, Savon, with the jab, creating room

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and space to bring Clarke onto the shots. Taken the wind out of the

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sails of Clarke and Savon starting to get into a rhythm.

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Clarke on the inside, but then he gets caught with a super right

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uppercut from Savon, a cracking shot, it really was. Clarke trying

:31:38.:31:41.

to come forward and he just gets caught again, and it is the Cuban,

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Savon, who has maintained that gap in distance between himself and

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Clarke. We are into the third and final round, Cheavon Clarke, and he

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has taken national titles in both England and Jamaica, the man who

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competed for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, his

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first contest with AIBA, Hamburg 2017. Finding it very difficult

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against Savon of Cuba. A punch they are from the man in red. Good

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generalship Savon is demonstrating here, keeping him on the margins of

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the contest. With his feet, like I said, it is because of the first

:32:43.:32:48.

contest of the tournament, but his feet are too slow and that is

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allowing Savon to just adjust his feet and maintain that gap. Look,

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all the time, the pace is sitting the Cuban. Boxing well behind his

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jab. -- the pace is suiting the Cuban. That is because Clarke's feet

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are a little too slow. This was a tough ask of him, Clarke, but he has

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to try to get close. Caught with the shot there. A standing count after

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being caught by Savon. SUE BARKER: Does not necessarily

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agree. Midpoint of the third and final round. He is demonstrating to

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the referee he is OK, but Savon, sensing he has got his man -- Clarke

:33:28.:33:38.

does not thoroughly agree. And it is a second count has been issued.

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Clarke is trying to fight his way out of a crisis but instead he is

:33:44.:33:47.

only catching more punches. Just walked onto a right hook. From

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Savon. He actually landed a good right hand over the top himself but

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it didn't really have the effect. Struggling a little bit and there is

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that right-hand again, and again. By coming forward, looking that

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right-hand over them, and Savon keeps responding with the right

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uppercut. Savon, incredible poise in the face of the fire he is facing

:34:11.:34:15.

from Clarke. He has put some eye-catching combinations together

:34:16.:34:20.

in this third and final round. It doesn't get much tougher, does an?

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In your first contest, up against one of the gold-medal favourites.

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The way the tournament has transpired. Clarke one win away from

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a medal. Head Bedene by straight shots repeatedly and the contest

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will be stopped, Cheavon Clarke will not make it through to the final

:34:44.:34:46.

bell. If he keeps getting picked off like that, safety is paramount, so

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Clarke is absolutely frustrated and disappointed, but he has been

:34:57.:34:58.

subjected to the standing counts in the third and final round from the

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accurate punch packing of Erislandy Savon, and his World Championships

:35:05.:35:11.

are over. Savon brings Clarke onto a couple of shots, one around the side

:35:12.:35:18.

of the head, then another. But to be fair to Clarke, comes forward,

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looking for that big right hand, but it was a good performance from Savon

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in this round. But Clarke will learn from it.

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Savon has been around for a long time and I think I gave him a good

:35:37.:35:42.

run, the second round was close, and in the third I thought I was doing a

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good job, so it is all valued experience. For my first year, I

:35:46.:35:50.

can't be too sad. Obviously I am disappointed, but I can't be too

:35:51.:35:55.

sad. Tough bout for Clarke. They don't come much harder for an

:35:56.:35:59.

opening bout than against the Cuban legend like Savon. How hard is to go

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into a fight like that with no minutes under your belt? No, when

:36:10.:36:12.

you come to a competition as big as this you want a nice early want to

:36:13.:36:15.

shake off the cobwebs and nerves, and against probably the best guy in

:36:16.:36:18.

amateur boxing at the minute, it is going to be hard for him. But he is

:36:19.:36:21.

upset and will be disappointed with himself, but don't forget, Savon,

:36:22.:36:24.

the Olympic Games with Anthony Joshua five years ago, he has been

:36:25.:36:27.

around the block and is experienced. You know, was he ever going to win?

:36:28.:36:35.

Possibly not, but those fight our way you learn, you know. Hopefully

:36:36.:36:39.

in three-years' time, you know, it is the young team, a real young team

:36:40.:36:44.

in Britain at the moment. About the years' time in Tokyo, and that

:36:45.:36:47.

experience today should hold him in real good stead. Fingers crossed

:36:48.:36:51.

that he learned from it. And might be able to nick a medal in Tokyo. He

:36:52.:36:56.

is convinced he can compete for medals at Tokyo 2020 and win. This

:36:57.:37:00.

is his first summer competing for Great Britain, and he already won at

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medal back in June. What do you think? European Championships are

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hard competitions to win. You don't win them unless you are something

:37:09.:37:11.

special or have something special about you. In that fight today, I

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think his feet were a little slow. He is a brave boy, got hurt a lot of

:37:18.:37:20.

times in that fight and he kept coming, kept swinging back, so that

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greatness will take a long way. If you can find that skill set, which I

:37:26.:37:30.

am sure he will, with the coaches we have in GB, he will get, you know,

:37:31.:37:36.

if he is going to get good those guys will make good. He has that

:37:37.:37:39.

ability and toughness. Let's see what he can do in a few yours' time.

:37:40.:37:43.

Yet another Cuban threw to the business end of a major tournament.

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We are so used to seeing them winning medals. A good idea? Such

:37:48.:37:52.

amazing strength and depth. Yes, I have been to Cuba, trained at the

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gym. Believe it or not, Gemini Trinder, all the Cuban Olympic

:37:57.:38:01.

boxers train there, and they had tyres as punch bags. -- believe it

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or not the gym I went to, all the tube and Olympic boxers train there.

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Their grandad diplomat or Olympic champions, you know. They are

:38:13.:38:15.

tremendous fighters, but they wanted. They have the ability and

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the hunger. They are always the ones to beat. In the heavyweight final it

:38:19.:38:33.

would be the reigning world and Olympic champion Evgeny Tishchenko

:38:34.:38:38.

against Erislandy Savon. We join them in the third and final round.

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COMMENTATOR: Into the third and final round of the gold-medal

:38:42.:38:46.

heavyweight bout, the third instalment of this long-running

:38:47.:38:49.

rivalry between these two boxers, a rivalry currently tied at one win

:38:50.:38:54.

apiece. Hand landed by the reigning champion, but back comes Savon, the

:38:55.:39:03.

Cuban boxer in blue, with four shot attack. From Tishchenko's work now

:39:04.:39:10.

comedies coming forward. I watched his corner in that round and they

:39:11.:39:15.

were barking instructions at -- from Tishchenko's work now, coming

:39:16.:39:19.

forward. That may present more opportunities for Savon. No head

:39:20.:39:25.

movement from Tishchenko, remember, so the Russian will have to watch

:39:26.:39:33.

what he's doing. Savon has been wonderfully precise with his punch

:39:34.:39:36.

picking through the first two rounds, heading straight shots to

:39:37.:39:39.

Tishchenko has high held hands have not been able to repel them, like

:39:40.:39:45.

that straight right, and look at the footwork, to appear on the other

:39:46.:39:48.

side of the ring like a character from the Matrix. Tishchenko

:39:49.:39:52.

following him round the ring before he walks onto another cross. Left

:39:53.:39:56.

hook followed by a right hand, approaching the midpoint of the

:39:57.:40:01.

third and final round, and the punch accuracy of Everest Landy Savon

:40:02.:40:04.

continues to be eye-catching. I think he probably

:40:05.:40:26.

surprised, he just can't find his rhythm but the accurate work is

:40:27.:40:36.

coming from the man in blue. -- probably surprised, expecting

:40:37.:40:38.

Tishchenko to come forward more. He just can't pull the trigger. He is

:40:39.:40:44.

attempting to build that forward momentum and he is being disrupted

:40:45.:40:49.

by pecking booking punches from Savon, the corner imploring their

:40:50.:40:52.

man to come forward and let his hands go. He has less than a minute

:40:53.:40:59.

to find shot, because surely he is being bit in hearing comprehensive

:41:00.:41:01.

fashion by the boxing produced by Erislandy Savon. You has to throw

:41:02.:41:09.

more jabs, getting into range to close. Savon picking him off. A

:41:10.:41:16.

great display from him, with his feet, in terms of the speed of

:41:17.:41:22.

movement. Again, Tishchenko is just struggling a little for me here.

:41:23.:41:29.

Continuously falling short. He can't find the range, can't pen the man

:41:30.:41:33.

down, Tishchenko, and Erislandy Savon is surely about to be crowned

:41:34.:41:37.

as the world champion gold medallist. High-5s over in the Cuban

:41:38.:41:45.

corner, and a huge embrace from the coaching staff in the direction of

:41:46.:41:51.

Erislandy Savon. You thought he was the victor. But here surely no

:41:52.:41:56.

mistake, against the man who is the champion from two years ago. Of

:41:57.:41:59.

course it will go to the judges. A split decision. In the blue corner,

:42:00.:42:12.

of Dubai, Erislandy Savon! At his fifth Championships, Erislandy Savon

:42:13.:42:15.

claims his first championship gold medal! The gold -- judges have it on

:42:16.:42:22.

a split decision but that is academic. The right man has won and

:42:23.:42:26.

he joins his uncle as heavyweight champion. Once again, the name...

:42:27.:42:33.

Will be inscribed into the record is a class -- the name Savon will be

:42:34.:42:41.

inscribed. The heavyweight finale, a category in which Team GB has some

:42:42.:42:50.

serious Olympic pedigree. COMMENTATOR: The gold medal is

:42:51.:42:57.

Audley's Harrison's... -- Audley Harrison's. Price has got the gold

:42:58.:43:08.

medal at Beijing 2008. Anthony Joshua is the Olympic

:43:09.:43:13.

superheavyweight champion! A wonderful achievement. Joe Joyce

:43:14.:43:22.

continuing to beat his outstanding record. So GB just seem to keep

:43:23.:43:27.

churning out these successful superheavyweights and to speak about

:43:28.:43:36.

that with us we are joined by David Haye, and the former heavyweight

:43:37.:43:38.

champion of the world now. David, what it is about Team GB that keeps

:43:39.:43:46.

producing these great men? I don't know. Something in the water back in

:43:47.:43:50.

the UK. We have had this unprecedented success. Audley

:43:51.:43:56.

Harrison at the Sydney Olympics, Anthony Joshua, 2012, getting the

:43:57.:43:59.

gold. We also had David Price who had good success, and all the big

:44:00.:44:05.

men. I got a silver medal at the top deck at the Ukip did want those big

:44:06.:44:14.

medals. -- the big guys from the UK really do seem to want those big

:44:15.:44:18.

medals. He has turned professional and signed with you. What do you

:44:19.:44:24.

expect? Big things. He will be 32 and a couple of weeks and will be

:44:25.:44:27.

making his pro debut in October and I am expecting him to be really fast

:44:28.:44:31.

tracked through the heavyweight ranks. He does not want to waste

:44:32.:44:35.

time but wants to go straight in for ten rounders, doesn't want them six

:44:36.:44:40.

and four rounders. What's to challenge and test himself. Inspired

:44:41.:44:44.

by Anthony Joshua, Fury, all the big heavyweight stars, and he has really

:44:45.:44:48.

handled himself well. Looking at him in the gym, I believe he will be

:44:49.:44:51.

world heavyweight champion in a couple of years. Exciting to look

:44:52.:44:56.

forward to. Anthony, no GB representation in heavyweight in

:44:57.:45:04.

Hamburg at these World Championships because Frazer is injured, but he

:45:05.:45:06.

will be disappointed because he would have a chance at winning a

:45:07.:45:11.

medal? Yes, I think Frazer Clarke will be disappointed. One of the

:45:12.:45:15.

most experienced guys at the minute. He was in the squad back in 2010

:45:16.:45:19.

when I was there. Had a great ten, Joe Joyce, Anthony Joshua, probably

:45:20.:45:22.

the best in the world. If he was here, you would have got at least a

:45:23.:45:26.

silver medal. How hard would it be, and I don't want to drag up the

:45:27.:45:29.

negative part of your journey and your career, but something you know

:45:30.:45:35.

Oliver, dealing with injuries and coming back from them. How difficult

:45:36.:45:37.

will Frazer Clarke find it coming back from this hamstring injury?

:45:38.:45:41.

Yes, I have spoken to guys, had a lot of injuries myself, the worst

:45:42.:45:44.

part of being an athlete. But it is the worst and best of, got to come

:45:45.:45:51.

out stronger, positive. You really, you know, it builds character.

:45:52.:45:54.

Hopefully with his mindset, he will come back bigger, better and

:45:55.:45:58.

stronger, and in 2020, you know, you will be more experienced. He will

:45:59.:46:01.

have been in the programme for about ten years by then and will be one to

:46:02.:46:06.

watch in 100%. Anthony, David, thank you for your thoughts. A pleasure to

:46:07.:46:12.

have you with us. Let's get to that superheavyweight final, one of the

:46:13.:46:15.

most anticipated events at these championships. Should be a bruising

:46:16.:46:24.

encounter between and Azerbaijan. -- between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

:46:25.:46:29.

COMMENTATOR: Into the third and final round of the gold-medal bout

:46:30.:46:34.

at Hamburg 2017, and in the third meeting between these two familiar

:46:35.:46:38.

rivals it is the man in blue, who has won their two previous

:46:39.:46:41.

encounters, who appears to have the upper hand in the contest so far. He

:46:42.:46:44.

has come forward and gone on to the front foot and here's what down the

:46:45.:46:51.

Southall wearing red, Mahammadrasul Majidov. In the second round there

:46:52.:46:57.

was violent clash of heads which opened up an injury above the left

:46:58.:47:04.

eye of Kunkabayev, and then on the resumption after the doctor

:47:05.:47:07.

inspected that injury which was in a very bad place, Majidov cranked up

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the pressure and Kunkabayev has not been able to go with them. Not a bad

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start to the round by Kunkabayev, and I think his corner told him to

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try to stay in the centre of the ring, but as I say that he gets

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pushed back to the ropes. He started this round really well, the first

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minute, he was holding the centre, moving around his opponent and not

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conceding the ground, but again it is hard to keep this man at bay,

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isn't it? He just keeps coming, Majidov. Majidov between his high

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held gloves, slowly walking in, looking to get into his own project

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rage when he can unload the heavy artillery, and once again, another

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injury or the same injury? Just trying to get a clear look from our

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vantage point ringside at the Hamburg Sporthalle, but this man's

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problems are mounting. Dealing with the adversity of a cut, faced with

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an opponent who has beaten him twice before. The doctor is happy for the

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contest to continue. And the action resumes. Trying to stand his ground

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and poke out the southpaw 1-2, and this is Kunkabayev, but he simply

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cannot keep the man away. Looking to his corner. Looking for instruction

:48:45.:48:51.

and inspiration from his corner. His punches are becoming really

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ponderous now, Kunkabayev, slowing down and looping in the manner in

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which they are delivered and not coming back to the right position.

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He could be open to account. Very tired now, Kunkabayev. But

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tactically he is doing well in this round by again holding the centre of

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the ring, don't let Majidov push them back to the ropes. If he pushes

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back to the ropes, then Majidov wildernesses better work. -- Majidov

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would do his better work. The strength, waiting for the shot to

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come from Majidov. Majidov quickening up his feet, backing him

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into a corner, and recognising the danger is Kunkabayev intelligibly

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get himself out of that can find position and latches onto Majidov,

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but Majidov quickening up the feet, applying increased pressure trying

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to get his man. Looking for another inside the distance victory. It

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looks as though Kunkabayev will make it through to the final belt, for

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the third time -- the first time in this, the third encounter against

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Majidov, but surely there can be little doubt that the match was all

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-- that Majidov is about the ground as world champion for the third

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time. I think Kunkabayev did well to get through that Brown, really well

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tactically. Holding the centre of the ring, and Majidov is as strong

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as an ox, keeps coming forward. In the blue corner! Mahammadrasul

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Majidov is absolutely ecstatic, it being declared the winner, 84-1

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split decision winner. It was a dominant display, make no doubt

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about it. -- a 4-1 split decision. He has won three titles in the

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boxing. Time to reflect an estimate on the tournament with Rob

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McCracken. After that record-breaking medal haul at the

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European champion ships, just the one here at the Worlds, how please

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argue with that? -- championships. We are disappointed. But Pat

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McCormack boxed fantastically well and deserved a medal. On the wrong

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end of the decision, but he performed tremendously well. Some

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good showings from the boxers out here. For the young team, early in

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the side, year after Rio, but other than Pat and one other boxer, it is

:51:24.:51:30.

a new team. You mentioned Pat McCormack, but also French had a

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decision that could have gone the other way, on the end of a bad

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decision, have you been frustrated with the judges' scoring in this

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competition? No, overall it has been fine, but obviously we thought Calum

:51:46.:51:55.

had done enough and we thought that Pat had done more than enough to

:51:56.:51:58.

collect a medal at the World Championships. A little bit early

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for some, they will have learned a lot, and we will push on, in two

:52:02.:52:06.

yours' ten when we go to Russia for the World Championships, will have a

:52:07.:52:08.

more experienced team and will certainly be ready -- in two years'

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time. What about Peter? Yes, Pete has been fantastic and boxed well, I

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beg for the future and certainly for the championships in two years and

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after that in Tokyo. -- he is a big one for the future. To get four into

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the quarterfinals has been tremendous and, you know, some

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really good performances. Other than that, did well at you and it bodes

:52:38.:52:41.

well for the future. How confident are you that they can pick up medals

:52:42.:52:46.

at the 2020 Olympics? It is all was very difficult. The whole world is

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good at boxing, everybody is good at it, but we know what we are doing,

:52:50.:52:53.

we will develop the boxers, taken to the right prepare them and take the

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training camps with the right federations all over the world,

:52:59.:53:00.

develop them, get them to the highest of levels before we get them

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to the Olympics in Tokyo. Qualify as many as we can and win as many

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medals as they can, that is the aim always from us but we have some real

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potential in the squad. It's early, but lots of potential. And there is

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plenty more sport to look forward to across the BBC this week. A couple

:53:19.:53:22.

of live World Cup qualifiers for you, commentary on BBC five live and

:53:23.:53:29.

the website. England and Slovakia tomorrow and Moldova against Wales

:53:30.:53:34.

on Tuesday. That is before the Premier League show resumes on

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Thursday at ten o'clock on BBC Two. If you fancy having a go at boxing

:53:38.:53:40.

or any of the sport you have been watching recently, you can visit the

:53:41.:53:45.

Get Inspired website to find out about activities near you. The

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Sporthalle is beginning to entertain now as we come to the end of the

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competition. Discussing Team GB's performance, just the one medal for

:53:54.:53:58.

the British team, but what a summer Peter McGrail is having. He has done

:53:59.:54:03.

fantastically well, to be honest. European champion and adding a

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bronze medal to his collection. He did well but he will be disappointed

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because it was probably unwinnable fight for him but take nothing away.

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He has had a great World Championships and a great year. And

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then, we have to speak about contentious decisions within these

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championships. The British guys have had a couple go against them, Calum

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French and in particular Pat McCormack who essentially could have

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gone home as a world medallist. Indeed, but that is amateur boxing

:54:31.:54:33.

for you. You get it at every stage. Little kids, 12 years old, you get

:54:34.:54:35.

it in World Championships, Olympic Games. What we have to remember from

:54:36.:54:38.

this tournament, we're three years away from the next Olympic Games.

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The whole squad has been decimated, loads of guys turning pro, and we

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have got a medal. It is not too bad. Three years before the Olympic Games

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I got the bronze medal in, I was working in a bar, nowhere near the

:54:50.:54:53.

Olympic scene or international boxing team. Anthony Joshua was not

:54:54.:55:03.

in the squad, these guys, we work hard, listened to the coaches and

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ended up getting medals at Olympic Games. These guys coming today for

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the Turner, they are doing well. We have got medals, they are going to

:55:09.:55:10.

put themselves right in position to get a gold medal in Tokyo. So well

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done to them. They have all done really well. We mentioned Peter

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McGrail, Richie. You have been commentating on the fight. Who else

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impressed for you from GB? I think Ben Whittaker has had a really good

:55:22.:55:27.

championship to be honest. Before in the European Championship, he fought

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the Ukrainian lad, and he beat him convincingly, but here it was a 4-1

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split so he learned from the performance last time and improved.

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If he meets him in the years' time in Tokyo, I think you will have

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matured a little more. So I thought Ben Whittaker did really well for

:55:44.:55:46.

the team. I also thought that Clarke was really unlucky. An opponent in

:55:47.:55:52.

the first round who pulled out so he had a walkover and it didn't do him

:55:53.:55:55.

any favours at all, then up against one of the best in the world in

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Savon, so that was a tough one, it really was, but he gave it his all,

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and throughout I thought Pat McCormack boxed absolutely superb.

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He really put in a performance I thought of his career. I thought he

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was... He should have won the contest, but there you go. And I

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thought Calum French as well was desperately unlucky not to be a

:56:14.:56:17.

winner. A lot of positives from the team. A lot of positives, Anthony,

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but will people be disappointed that the British team have only got the

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one medal? Does still count as a success for GB boxing? I think

:56:27.:56:31.

beyond the surface level it is a success, because of what I said a

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minute ago. James DeGale, when he won his gold medal in Beijing, he

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lost to his opponent four, five claims the year or two four, had

:56:40.:56:43.

never beaten four, drew with him in the Olympic Games then beat him and

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won his gold medal, so that is improvement and that is what Ben

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Whittaker has to do, what the others have to do, they have to improve

:56:50.:56:52.

from their losses. Hopefully the guys improve go on to Tokyo and do

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really well. Some amazing competitors here, Richie, with the

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Cubans doing exceptionally well as we have become used to seeing, and

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Americans having a real resurgence. Who has impressed you on the world

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stage? On the world stage America in general has impressed me because

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they have had caught in an old friend of mine from Ireland, doing a

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really good job, so they are coming back into it. Uzbekistan and

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Kazakhstan will always be strong, along with the Russians. I do like

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the Russians, and also Colombia, Little Martinez who took the bronze,

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it was a repeat of the Olympic final against his opponent from his back

:57:29.:57:31.

is them, but Martinez is a terrific fighter from Colombia, so the

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world's best is here and we are up there with them. Not far away at it.

:57:36.:57:40.

Anthony, finally, such a stage for the British boxers to really, and a

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presence within world boxing. Who do you think will now go on and develop

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their potential and become a world beater? You have to look at Peter

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McGrail, like you said, but European champion, medallist, terrific from a

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young inexperienced kid, and also I like McCormack, a terrific fighter.

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I have said that. A very good fighter. If he can learn a bit of

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composure he will go all the way, I don't doubt that for a second. Thank

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you for your time, guys. Richie Woodhall and Anthony Ogogo. Let's

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look at the table now. Cuba running away with the title. An impressive

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bronze for Peter McGrail. For GB in Hamburg it has very much been a case

:58:30.:58:33.

of work in progress, but for the Cubans, as you might expect, they

:58:34.:58:37.

were simply sublime. Thanks for joining us. From all of here,

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Jess Creighton presents the best of the action from the World Amateur Boxing Championships. The new generation of British boxers hoping to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams and Joe Joyce get their first chance to make a mark on the global stage as they take on the world's best amateurs in Hamburg, Germany. Jess is joined for expert analysis by Olympic bronze medallist Richie Woodhall.