HITTING THE MARK
Dickinson and Cawley make an impression, writes John Dennen
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