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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


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


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


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


years. With Olympic medal heroes including Nicola Adams turning


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


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


record-breaking bang. The European champion!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


inexperienced, but they did really well at the European Championships


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


difficult when the promoter comes along and you see the Anthony


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


joined about in the third round. Your commentators Ronnie Michael


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


with McGrail in between sessions at the championships. Global medallist


already at the youth Olympic bronze in 2014 and World Championship


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


in the commentary position in Hamburg, McGrail has done better


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


boxing ring. They will have different advantage points. But


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


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


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


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


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


European champion has defeated the reigning America's continental


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Right away, 56 kilograms bantamweight action. This is the


semifinal stage, both of these men guaranteed at least Championship


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


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


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


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


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


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


presenting a different angle. The problem Kairat Yeraliyev will have


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


because Kazakhstan have been over the GB and shared some multination


training camps and sparring sessions. These two have sparred.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Movement good from McGrail. Just catches McGrail with the straight


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


shots. The second round. The outstanding performance by Peter


McGrail at the quarterfinals to eliminate the tournament number five


seed from the Dominican Republic. But that display from Yeraliyev


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


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


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


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


has carried that confidence throughout the competition.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


effective. Spoken to about holding his


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


with his wide legged stance, straight punches there, another


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


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


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


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


direction of one another. They exchange another sporting touch of


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


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


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


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


Ofwat has been a contest of contrasting styles. Peter McGrail


exhibiting wonderful manoeuvres, dipping at the knees, nice head


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


man in blue. Hot shotting effectively with the two men


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


but McGrail immediately raises his right hand to his supporters in


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


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


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


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


unanimous decision over Peter McGrail. Bronze for the man from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


about various transgressions. Closing seconds, and lucky to pick


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


clinching than wrestling from mid and long range. The American


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


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


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


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


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


Yeraliyev has claimed World Championship gold here by the


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


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


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


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


the American programme. They say the Worlds is the hardest


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


youngsters. Everyone thinks we are living the dream. Absolutely


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


big stage, with the best in the world.


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


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


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


debated split decision against his Ukrainian born into. Frenchman Sofia


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


welterweight division was eventually won by the brilliant Cuban athlete


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


two class A preliminaries which led to a quarterfinal against the


reigning Olympic silver medallist and the top


seed Shakhram Giyasov, of Uzbekistan.


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


Shakhram Giyasov, the reigning silver medallist from Rio last


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


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


the ring as the reigning two-time European Championship silver


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


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


possesses sensational skills. He has already experienced top position on


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


boxing clever contest. Frustration is creeping into Giyasov and that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


changing direction wonderfully, McCormack. Right-hand success from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


wonderful left right combination again. Left hook blocked from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Shakhram Giyasov. Shakhram Giyasov declared a unanimous points decision


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


futures in the vests representing their countries. Hopefully they


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


round. COMMENTATOR: The third and final


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


quarterfinal stage of the Olympic Games last summer. The reigning


Olympic silver medallist Shakhram Giyasov, who really began to find


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


landed with some eye-catching combinations, particularly the basic


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


holds up that right hand in acknowledgement and celebration. The


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


delighted in that red corner. Shakhram Giyasov warmly embraced by


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


from the reigning Olympic silver medallist, and look at the


contrasting body language in that blue corner, therefore more subdued


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


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


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


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


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


APPLAUSE Shakhram Giyasov is the world


champion, a unanimous points decision winner. Over the legendary


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


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


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


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


Andy Olympic silver medallist becomes the AIBA world boxing


champion. On to the middleweight in Hamburg


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


form going into his round against the


Ukrainian Oleksandr Khyzhniak. COMMENTATOR: Into the second round


and Whittaker comes out immediately carrying out his coach's


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


laterally left and right in wonderful fashion, Ben Whittaker,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Whittaker becoming a bit disorganised in the closing stages


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


shot underneath. Whittaker continuing to dodge and move left


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Good left hand from Whittaker. Demonstrating good footwork. Trying


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


second clapper has sounded. Exchanging at short range. Terrific


contest in the 75 kilograms middleweight division. One suspects


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


a repeat victory over then Whittaker from England. English national


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


future. Certainly no disgrace for Whittaker, especially with Khyzhniak


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


Thomas Whittaker heart was representing GB. He picked up a


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


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


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


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


semifinals, he faced a tough Uzbekistan number two.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The referee speaking in his direction about the holding tactics


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


his wake, three-time World Championship and reigning Olympic


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


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


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


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


Belarus. Immediately, Joe Ward testing the strength of his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ward is normally a back foot counterpunching boxer but he knows


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Wladimir Klitschko. The shot we spoke about earlier that Ward


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


confident he has claimed his fourth successive World Championship golds,


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


have just witnessed another masterful display from the world


undisputed number one in the 81 kilograms light heavyweight


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


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


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


celebratory salute, his fourth successive World Championship gold


medal. This the canvas in celebration. His fourth successive


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


has been to three World Championships, how long until he


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


through five fights to win a brilliant European Championships


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


COMMENTATOR: We are under way. This contest, quarterfinal stage of the


91 kilogram heavyweight division. The man in red, bustling forwards,


England's Clarke, heavy-handed hitter from Gravesham. Competing in


his first world boxing Championships, the reigning 2017


two-time national champion of England, also taken national titles


in Jamaica, the nation he represented at the 2014 Commonwealth


Games in light heavyweight. His opponent in blue, Erislandy Savon,


reigning silver medallist from two years ago at the World Championship


's, took his third America's continental title earlier this


summer in Honduras. Clarke came away with a brilliant European silver


with his heavy-handed hitting in evidence. Does not get much tougher


for Clarke. Does not do him any favours in this tournament, his


buys. Have to get up and running. Employing the right tactics, knows


he has to get inside the long arms of his Cuban opponent, Clarke. Very


skilful, tall, rangy, brilliant from the centre of the ring, Savon. A


little vulnerable from the ropes. That is what Clarke has to target.


Fast attacks and sustain the pressure and push the Cuban back to


the ropes, where he is a little bit vulnerable, Savon, and were Clarke


has to find a space to whip shots over the top. He knows all about the


English and Great British opposition, Anthony Joshua in the


Olympic Games in 2012, his first opponent. He made life difficult for


the man who went on to take Olympic gold. And Lawrence in Rio last


summer. Good right hand from Clarke, left jab in response from Clarke. --


good right hand from Savon. Needs to apply pressure here. Very skilful


experienced operator. A real art to the inside boxing and that is what


Clarke has to do here. Closing the gap down and getting on the inside


without getting hit, choosing the right punches on the inside,


creating space, another problem you have to get around, and getting back


to the thinking distance, out punching range, to plan the next


attack. The three areas you have to master as a good inside fighter.


Successful the left hook. Period of the opening round 30 seconds ago


when Savon stepped up the pressure on the front foot himself and


looking to get the uppercut always an effective antidote if you can get


it way. Good opening round of boxing. Spurts of pressure from


Clarke when he had success trying to whip the shot over the top, caught


coming forward. Just misses with his left hook. Savon a better fighter,


but Clarke nearly caught him with the right hand up close. Into the


second round. Just instructing Clarke wants it at his own pace, but


he has started quickly in the second round, the snaking left hand he


possesses, looking to establish it. When he gets it working, very


difficult proposition indeed. Wonderful move around the ring, like


so many of his compatriots, good footwork, Clarke targeting the body.


A man with a good right hook. I am not sure this type of tempo is going


to make life uncomfortable for Savon, but is being applied by


Clarke at the moment. Maybe he is trying to lure in the man. But this


tempo will suit Savon counter the ground. It will do, but this is now


the effect of having buys. If he had a contest, he would have got into


the tournament. You shake off cobwebs in the first one anyway. Up


against Savon, one of the best heavyweight in the world, a tough


ask for Clarke. The buys, he had a bye and then an opponent has pulled


out, two walkovers, basically, has not done him any favours, coming


into a contest against such a high calibre opponent. By virtue of the


number one seeding, a bye in the first round, right uppercut, came


through with a cheeky little left against Savon. In the second round,


unanimous winner against Ukraine fighter. As you pointed out, Clarke


has had to wait on the sidelines. A bye in the opening round and a


walkover victory in the second preliminary round against a man from


Angola. It is the manner in which Clarke came onto the ring,


confident, effusive character. Walked into another left jab. Needs


to improve his head movement, Clarke, being picked off by the


punches of Savon. Terrific uppercut. That is not the belt and the round.


The referee has intervened. Clarke going back to the corner. He


intervened... The intermission came at the tutors moment for Clarke


because he was under some pressure. -- a full tutors moment. Starting to


control the distance very well, Savon, with the jab, creating room


and space to bring Clarke onto the shots. Taken the wind out of the


sails of Clarke and Savon starting to get into a rhythm.


Clarke on the inside, but then he gets caught with a super right


uppercut from Savon, a cracking shot, it really was. Clarke trying


to come forward and he just gets caught again, and it is the Cuban,


Savon, who has maintained that gap in distance between himself and


Clarke. We are into the third and final round, Cheavon Clarke, and he


has taken national titles in both England and Jamaica, the man who


competed for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, his


first contest with AIBA, Hamburg 2017. Finding it very difficult


against Savon of Cuba. A punch they are from the man in red. Good


generalship Savon is demonstrating here, keeping him on the margins of


the contest. With his feet, like I said, it is because of the first


contest of the tournament, but his feet are too slow and that is


allowing Savon to just adjust his feet and maintain that gap. Look,


all the time, the pace is sitting the Cuban. Boxing well behind his


jab. -- the pace is suiting the Cuban. That is because Clarke's feet


are a little too slow. This was a tough ask of him, Clarke, but he has


to try to get close. Caught with the shot there. A standing count after


being caught by Savon. SUE BARKER: Does not necessarily


agree. Midpoint of the third and final round. He is demonstrating to


the referee he is OK, but Savon, sensing he has got his man -- Clarke


does not thoroughly agree. And it is a second count has been issued.


Clarke is trying to fight his way out of a crisis but instead he is


only catching more punches. Just walked onto a right hook. From


Savon. He actually landed a good right hand over the top himself but


it didn't really have the effect. Struggling a little bit and there is


that right-hand again, and again. By coming forward, looking that


right-hand over them, and Savon keeps responding with the right


uppercut. Savon, incredible poise in the face of the fire he is facing


from Clarke. He has put some eye-catching combinations together


in this third and final round. It doesn't get much tougher, does an?


In your first contest, up against one of the gold-medal favourites.


The way the tournament has transpired. Clarke one win away from


a medal. Head Bedene by straight shots repeatedly and the contest


will be stopped, Cheavon Clarke will not make it through to the final


bell. If he keeps getting picked off like that, safety is paramount, so


Clarke is absolutely frustrated and disappointed, but he has been


subjected to the standing counts in the third and final round from the


accurate punch packing of Erislandy Savon, and his World Championships


are over. Savon brings Clarke onto a couple of shots, one around the side


of the head, then another. But to be fair to Clarke, comes forward,


looking for that big right hand, but it was a good performance from Savon


in this round. But Clarke will learn from it.


Savon has been around for a long time and I think I gave him a good


run, the second round was close, and in the third I thought I was doing a


good job, so it is all valued experience. For my first year, I


can't be too sad. Obviously I am disappointed, but I can't be too


sad. Tough bout for Clarke. They don't come much harder for an


opening bout than against the Cuban legend like Savon. How hard is to go


into a fight like that with no minutes under your belt? No, when


you come to a competition as big as this you want a nice early want to


shake off the cobwebs and nerves, and against probably the best guy in


amateur boxing at the minute, it is going to be hard for him. But he is


upset and will be disappointed with himself, but don't forget, Savon,


the Olympic Games with Anthony Joshua five years ago, he has been


around the block and is experienced. You know, was he ever going to win?


Possibly not, but those fight our way you learn, you know. Hopefully


in three-years' time, you know, it is the young team, a real young team


in Britain at the moment. About the years' time in Tokyo, and that


experience today should hold him in real good stead. Fingers crossed


that he learned from it. And might be able to nick a medal in Tokyo. He


is convinced he can compete for medals at Tokyo 2020 and win. This


is his first summer competing for Great Britain, and he already won at


medal back in June. What do you think? European Championships are


hard competitions to win. You don't win them unless you are something


special or have something special about you. In that fight today, I


think his feet were a little slow. He is a brave boy, got hurt a lot of


times in that fight and he kept coming, kept swinging back, so that


greatness will take a long way. If you can find that skill set, which I


am sure he will, with the coaches we have in GB, he will get, you know,


if he is going to get good those guys will make good. He has that


ability and toughness. Let's see what he can do in a few yours' time.


Yet another Cuban threw to the business end of a major tournament.


We are so used to seeing them winning medals. A good idea? Such


amazing strength and depth. Yes, I have been to Cuba, trained at the


gym. Believe it or not, Gemini Trinder, all the Cuban Olympic


boxers train there, and they had tyres as punch bags. -- believe it


or not the gym I went to, all the tube and Olympic boxers train there.


Their grandad diplomat or Olympic champions, you know. They are


tremendous fighters, but they wanted. They have the ability and


the hunger. They are always the ones to beat. In the heavyweight final it


would be the reigning world and Olympic champion Evgeny Tishchenko


against Erislandy Savon. We join them in the third and final round.


COMMENTATOR: Into the third and final round of the gold-medal


heavyweight bout, the third instalment of this long-running


rivalry between these two boxers, a rivalry currently tied at one win


apiece. Hand landed by the reigning champion, but back comes Savon, the


Cuban boxer in blue, with four shot attack. From Tishchenko's work now


comedies coming forward. I watched his corner in that round and they


were barking instructions at -- from Tishchenko's work now, coming


forward. That may present more opportunities for Savon. No head


movement from Tishchenko, remember, so the Russian will have to watch


what he's doing. Savon has been wonderfully precise with his punch


picking through the first two rounds, heading straight shots to


Tishchenko has high held hands have not been able to repel them, like


that straight right, and look at the footwork, to appear on the other


side of the ring like a character from the Matrix. Tishchenko


following him round the ring before he walks onto another cross. Left


hook followed by a right hand, approaching the midpoint of the


third and final round, and the punch accuracy of Everest Landy Savon


continues to be eye-catching. I think he probably


surprised, he just can't find his rhythm but the accurate work is


coming from the man in blue. -- probably surprised, expecting


Tishchenko to come forward more. He just can't pull the trigger. He is


attempting to build that forward momentum and he is being disrupted


by pecking booking punches from Savon, the corner imploring their


man to come forward and let his hands go. He has less than a minute


to find shot, because surely he is being bit in hearing comprehensive


fashion by the boxing produced by Erislandy Savon. You has to throw


more jabs, getting into range to close. Savon picking him off. A


great display from him, with his feet, in terms of the speed of


movement. Again, Tishchenko is just struggling a little for me here.


Continuously falling short. He can't find the range, can't pen the man


down, Tishchenko, and Erislandy Savon is surely about to be crowned


as the world champion gold medallist. High-5s over in the Cuban


corner, and a huge embrace from the coaching staff in the direction of


Erislandy Savon. You thought he was the victor. But here surely no


mistake, against the man who is the champion from two years ago. Of


course it will go to the judges. A split decision. In the blue corner,


of Dubai, Erislandy Savon! At his fifth Championships, Erislandy Savon


claims his first championship gold medal! The gold -- judges have it on


a split decision but that is academic. The right man has won and


he joins his uncle as heavyweight champion. Once again, the name...


Will be inscribed into the record is a class -- the name Savon will be


inscribed. The heavyweight finale, a category in which Team GB has some


serious Olympic pedigree. COMMENTATOR: The gold medal is


Audley's Harrison's... -- Audley Harrison's. Price has got the gold


medal at Beijing 2008. Anthony Joshua is the Olympic


superheavyweight champion! A wonderful achievement. Joe Joyce


continuing to beat his outstanding record. So GB just seem to keep


churning out these successful superheavyweights and to speak about


that with us we are joined by David Haye, and the former heavyweight


champion of the world now. David, what it is about Team GB that keeps


producing these great men? I don't know. Something in the water back in


the UK. We have had this unprecedented success. Audley


Harrison at the Sydney Olympics, Anthony Joshua, 2012, getting the


gold. We also had David Price who had good success, and all the big


men. I got a silver medal at the top deck at the Ukip did want those big


medals. -- the big guys from the UK really do seem to want those big


medals. He has turned professional and signed with you. What do you


expect? Big things. He will be 32 and a couple of weeks and will be


making his pro debut in October and I am expecting him to be really fast


tracked through the heavyweight ranks. He does not want to waste


time but wants to go straight in for ten rounders, doesn't want them six


and four rounders. What's to challenge and test himself. Inspired


by Anthony Joshua, Fury, all the big heavyweight stars, and he has really


handled himself well. Looking at him in the gym, I believe he will be


world heavyweight champion in a couple of years. Exciting to look


forward to. Anthony, no GB representation in heavyweight in


Hamburg at these World Championships because Frazer is injured, but he


will be disappointed because he would have a chance at winning a


medal? Yes, I think Frazer Clarke will be disappointed. One of the


most experienced guys at the minute. He was in the squad back in 2010


when I was there. Had a great ten, Joe Joyce, Anthony Joshua, probably


the best in the world. If he was here, you would have got at least a


silver medal. How hard would it be, and I don't want to drag up the


negative part of your journey and your career, but something you know


Oliver, dealing with injuries and coming back from them. How difficult


will Frazer Clarke find it coming back from this hamstring injury?


Yes, I have spoken to guys, had a lot of injuries myself, the worst


part of being an athlete. But it is the worst and best of, got to come


out stronger, positive. You really, you know, it builds character.


Hopefully with his mindset, he will come back bigger, better and


stronger, and in 2020, you know, you will be more experienced. He will


have been in the programme for about ten years by then and will be one to


watch in 100%. Anthony, David, thank you for your thoughts. A pleasure to


have you with us. Let's get to that superheavyweight final, one of the


most anticipated events at these championships. Should be a bruising


encounter between and Azerbaijan. -- between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.


COMMENTATOR: Into the third and final round of the gold-medal bout


at Hamburg 2017, and in the third meeting between these two familiar


rivals it is the man in blue, who has won their two previous


encounters, who appears to have the upper hand in the contest so far. He


has come forward and gone on to the front foot and here's what down the


Southall wearing red, Mahammadrasul Majidov. In the second round there


was violent clash of heads which opened up an injury above the left


eye of Kunkabayev, and then on the resumption after the doctor


inspected that injury which was in a very bad place, Majidov cranked up


the pressure and Kunkabayev has not been able to go with them. Not a bad


start to the round by Kunkabayev, and I think his corner told him to


try to stay in the centre of the ring, but as I say that he gets


pushed back to the ropes. He started this round really well, the first


minute, he was holding the centre, moving around his opponent and not


conceding the ground, but again it is hard to keep this man at bay,


isn't it? He just keeps coming, Majidov. Majidov between his high


held gloves, slowly walking in, looking to get into his own project


rage when he can unload the heavy artillery, and once again, another


injury or the same injury? Just trying to get a clear look from our


vantage point ringside at the Hamburg Sporthalle, but this man's


problems are mounting. Dealing with the adversity of a cut, faced with


an opponent who has beaten him twice before. The doctor is happy for the


contest to continue. And the action resumes. Trying to stand his ground


and poke out the southpaw 1-2, and this is Kunkabayev, but he simply


cannot keep the man away. Looking to his corner. Looking for instruction


and inspiration from his corner. His punches are becoming really


ponderous now, Kunkabayev, slowing down and looping in the manner in


which they are delivered and not coming back to the right position.


He could be open to account. Very tired now, Kunkabayev. But


tactically he is doing well in this round by again holding the centre of


the ring, don't let Majidov push them back to the ropes. If he pushes


back to the ropes, then Majidov wildernesses better work. -- Majidov


would do his better work. The strength, waiting for the shot to


come from Majidov. Majidov quickening up his feet, backing him


into a corner, and recognising the danger is Kunkabayev intelligibly


get himself out of that can find position and latches onto Majidov,


but Majidov quickening up the feet, applying increased pressure trying


to get his man. Looking for another inside the distance victory. It


looks as though Kunkabayev will make it through to the final belt, for


the third time -- the first time in this, the third encounter against


Majidov, but surely there can be little doubt that the match was all


-- that Majidov is about the ground as world champion for the third


time. I think Kunkabayev did well to get through that Brown, really well


tactically. Holding the centre of the ring, and Majidov is as strong


as an ox, keeps coming forward. In the blue corner! Mahammadrasul


Majidov is absolutely ecstatic, it being declared the winner, 84-1


split decision winner. It was a dominant display, make no doubt


about it. -- a 4-1 split decision. He has won three titles in the


boxing. Time to reflect an estimate on the tournament with Rob


McCracken. After that record-breaking medal haul at the


European champion ships, just the one here at the Worlds, how please


argue with that? -- championships. We are disappointed. But Pat


McCormack boxed fantastically well and deserved a medal. On the wrong


end of the decision, but he performed tremendously well. Some


good showings from the boxers out here. For the young team, early in


the side, year after Rio, but other than Pat and one other boxer, it is


a new team. You mentioned Pat McCormack, but also French had a


decision that could have gone the other way, on the end of a bad


decision, have you been frustrated with the judges' scoring in this


competition? No, overall it has been fine, but obviously we thought Calum


had done enough and we thought that Pat had done more than enough to


collect a medal at the World Championships. A little bit early


for some, they will have learned a lot, and we will push on, in two


yours' ten when we go to Russia for the World Championships, will have a


more experienced team and will certainly be ready -- in two years'


time. What about Peter? Yes, Pete has been fantastic and boxed well, I


beg for the future and certainly for the championships in two years and


after that in Tokyo. -- he is a big one for the future. To get four into


the quarterfinals has been tremendous and, you know, some


really good performances. Other than that, did well at you and it bodes


well for the future. How confident are you that they can pick up medals


at the 2020 Olympics? It is all was very difficult. The whole world is


good at boxing, everybody is good at it, but we know what we are doing,


we will develop the boxers, taken to the right prepare them and take the


training camps with the right federations all over the world,


develop them, get them to the highest of levels before we get them


to the Olympics in Tokyo. Qualify as many as we can and win as many


medals as they can, that is the aim always from us but we have some real


potential in the squad. It's early, but lots of potential. And there is


plenty more sport to look forward to across the BBC this week. A couple


of live World Cup qualifiers for you, commentary on BBC five live and


the website. England and Slovakia tomorrow and Moldova against Wales


on Tuesday. That is before the Premier League show resumes on


Thursday at ten o'clock on BBC Two. If you fancy having a go at boxing


or any of the sport you have been watching recently, you can visit the


Get Inspired website to find out about activities near you. The


Sporthalle is beginning to entertain now as we come to the end of the


competition. Discussing Team GB's performance, just the one medal for


the British team, but what a summer Peter McGrail is having. He has done


fantastically well, to be honest. European champion and adding a


bronze medal to his collection. He did well but he will be disappointed


because it was probably unwinnable fight for him but take nothing away.


He has had a great World Championships and a great year. And


then, we have to speak about contentious decisions within these


championships. The British guys have had a couple go against them, Calum


French and in particular Pat McCormack who essentially could have


gone home as a world medallist. Indeed, but that is amateur boxing


for you. You get it at every stage. Little kids, 12 years old, you get


it in World Championships, Olympic Games. What we have to remember from


this tournament, we're three years away from the next Olympic Games.


The whole squad has been decimated, loads of guys turning pro, and we


have got a medal. It is not too bad. Three years before the Olympic Games


I got the bronze medal in, I was working in a bar, nowhere near the


Olympic scene or international boxing team. Anthony Joshua was not


in the squad, these guys, we work hard, listened to the coaches and


ended up getting medals at Olympic Games. These guys coming today for


the Turner, they are doing well. We have got medals, they are going to


put themselves right in position to get a gold medal in Tokyo. So well


done to them. They have all done really well. We mentioned Peter


McGrail, Richie. You have been commentating on the fight. Who else


impressed for you from GB? I think Ben Whittaker has had a really good


championship to be honest. Before in the European Championship, he fought


the Ukrainian lad, and he beat him convincingly, but here it was a 4-1


split so he learned from the performance last time and improved.


If he meets him in the years' time in Tokyo, I think you will have


matured a little more. So I thought Ben Whittaker did really well for


the team. I also thought that Clarke was really unlucky. An opponent in


the first round who pulled out so he had a walkover and it didn't do him


any favours at all, then up against one of the best in the world in


Savon, so that was a tough one, it really was, but he gave it his all,


and throughout I thought Pat McCormack boxed absolutely superb.


He really put in a performance I thought of his career. I thought he


was... He should have won the contest, but there you go. And I


thought Calum French as well was desperately unlucky not to be a


winner. A lot of positives from the team. A lot of positives, Anthony,


but will people be disappointed that the British team have only got the


one medal? Does still count as a success for GB boxing? I think


beyond the surface level it is a success, because of what I said a


minute ago. James DeGale, when he won his gold medal in Beijing, he


lost to his opponent four, five claims the year or two four, had


never beaten four, drew with him in the Olympic Games then beat him and


won his gold medal, so that is improvement and that is what Ben


Whittaker has to do, what the others have to do, they have to improve


from their losses. Hopefully the guys improve go on to Tokyo and do


really well. Some amazing competitors here, Richie, with the


Cubans doing exceptionally well as we have become used to seeing, and


Americans having a real resurgence. Who has impressed you on the world


stage? On the world stage America in general has impressed me because


they have had caught in an old friend of mine from Ireland, doing a


really good job, so they are coming back into it. Uzbekistan and


Kazakhstan will always be strong, along with the Russians. I do like


the Russians, and also Colombia, Little Martinez who took the bronze,


it was a repeat of the Olympic final against his opponent from his back


is them, but Martinez is a terrific fighter from Colombia, so the


world's best is here and we are up there with them. Not far away at it.


Anthony, finally, such a stage for the British boxers to really, and a


presence within world boxing. Who do you think will now go on and develop


their potential and become a world beater? You have to look at Peter


McGrail, like you said, but European champion, medallist, terrific from a


young inexperienced kid, and also I like McCormack, a terrific fighter.


I have said that. A very good fighter. If he can learn a bit of


composure he will go all the way, I don't doubt that for a second. Thank


you for your time, guys. Richie Woodhall and Anthony Ogogo. Let's


look at the table now. Cuba running away with the title. An impressive


bronze for Peter McGrail. For GB in Hamburg it has very much been a case


of work in progress, but for the Cubans, as you might expect, they


were simply sublime. Thanks for joining us. From all of here,


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.

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