Seventh British boxer qualifies for Olympics

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Team GB will have at least seven boxers at this summer's Olympic Games as Anthony Ogogo cruises to victory in tournament qualifiers.

Anthony Ogogo has become the seventh British boxer to qualify for the London Olympics, following a convincing victory in the final qualifying tournament in Trabzon.

The 23-year-old from Lowestoft beat Vitali Bandarenka of Belarus 14-7 in their middleweight semi-final.

Ogogo said: "I always knew if I got myself fully fit and free from injury then I could compete with the best in the world. It will be a dream come true to represent Great Britain in a home Olympics.

"It's been a long, hard journey to get this far but I have qualified now so my focus is going to be all about getting back in the gym, working hard, listening to the coaches and doing everything I can to be successful at the Olympics."

Team GB had eight qualifiers in Beijing four years ago and, depending on results, they could again match that feat.

Light-heavyweight Callum Smith, who was beaten 16-14 by Azerbaijan's Vatan Huseynli, will still qualify if Huseynli beats Turkey's Bahram Muzaffer in the final today.

Thomas Stalker
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