HIT­TING THE MARK

Dick­in­son and Caw­ley make an im­pres­sion, writes John Den­nen

Boxing News - - Amateurs -

IN his first se­nior tour­na­ment Birt­ley mid­dleweight Mark Dick­in­son won gold at the Vik­tor Livent­sev Me­mo­rial at the Uruchye Sport Com­plex in Minsk, Be­larus on Oc­to­ber 13.

His first bout at this level came against good Ital­ian Sal­va­tore Caval­laro, who is known for wins over 2016 Olympian An­thony Fowler in the past. Dick­in­son won a split de­ci­sion and kicked on from there. He had to box four times in all to win gold, out­point­ing Ser­bia’s

Aleksa Markovic, on a split de­ci­sion, the host na­tion’s Vadim Pankov, on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, and Ge­or­gia’s Giorgi Kharabadze,

also by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, on his way to the gold medal.

Dick­in­son, a Euro­pean Youth gold medal­list, is only 18 years old and will be one to watch at this level in fu­ture.

GB team mate Will Caw­ley

also put in a se­ries of good per­for­mances. The Old­ham fly­weight stopped Be­larus’

Alexandr Butrim in his first con­test in the tour­na­ment. He then beat ex­pe­ri­enced Kazakh

Temir­tas Zhus­supov, a strong, sea­soned 30-year-old man, on a split de­ci­sion. Caw­ley won the fi­nal, beat­ing Ukraine’s Rostislav

Belostot­skiy on a split de­ci­sion as well. “Won the gold out here in Be­larus in a very tough fight against Ukraine. Sec­ond year on the bounce I’ve won it, also got the best boxer of the tour­na­ment. Life’s good,” Caw­ley said.

Of the five avail­able gold medals in the women’s event, four were won by Bri­tish box­ers. Wales’ Rosie Eccles, a Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list this year, beat Be­larus’ An­ton­ina Aksy­onova

on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to cap her tour­na­ment. Her semi-fi­nal vic­tory came over another host na­tion boxer, Alina Ve­ber on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Mid­dleweight Natasha Gale

re­turned to ac­tion for the GB squad after a sus­pen­sion. She too se­cured two vic­to­ries, over China’s

Chang Tue, by split de­ci­sion, in the semi-fi­nal and then unan­i­mously out­point­ing Be­larus’ Vik­to­ria Ke­bikova.

Feath­er­weight Kariss Art­ing­shall boxed three times to win her gold medal. In the quar­ter-fi­nal she stopped Be­larus’ Alexan­dra Kar­povich in­side the first round. With a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion she beat Croa­tia’s Sara Beram to reach the fi­nal, where she pipped Be­larus’ Galina Bruye­vich on a split de­ci­sion.

“Three fights out here in Be­larus,” Art­ing­shall stated. “Buzzing with beat­ing the home girl last night in the fi­nals. Am bring­ing the goods back.”

Light­weight Paige Mur­ney

com­pletes the gold rush. She stopped Be­larus’ Anas­ta­sia Obushenkova in the last round and then unan­i­mously outscored China’s Zhang Xiyan in the fi­nal. Mur­ney had won a sil­ver medal box­ing for Eng­land at the Com­mon­wealth Games. This was her first in­ter­na­tional gold for GB.

Heavy­weight Lewis Wil­liams

had to set­tle for a sil­ver medal. In the fi­nal Be­larus’ Vladislav Smyaglikov de­feated him by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion. Wil­liams had taken two wins prior to that, a split then a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Be­larus’ Sergey Popelukh and then Lithua­nia’s Tadas Ta­masauskas re­spec­tively.

TOP MAN: Dick­in­son nishes with the gold in Be­larus

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