COMMONWEALTH Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick has lost his first round bout at the World Championships in Baku.
It represents a major blow for his outside hopes of competing in the Olympics with the event in Azerbaijan also doubling up as the first round of qualification for London 2012.
The 19-year-old, pictured above, fighting in the 56kg division, lost to Turkey’s Furkan Ulas Memis 12 points to 10.
After watching fellow European champion Andrew Selby win his opening bout on Tuesday, Cardiff’s Fred Evans takes to the ring against New Zealand’s Ricky Murphy during today’s afternoon session.
Seeded number four, the Welsh welterweight and European champion is one of the most anticipated boxers in his category and will be looking to make his mark in this first round bout.
Evans insists he feels no pressure as he bids to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics despite knowing three straight wins ought to be enough to book his place at the Games next summer.
“My confidence has gone up but apart from that I feel just the same,” said Evans.
“I was singled out a lot as a junior so all this is nothing new to me. I am just focused on getting to London.
“Obviously there will be a lot more people in the draw who know about me now but I don’t mind that.
“I am still young and learning all the time. This is a big challenge and I’m ready for it.”
Evans’ 69kg rival Scott Cardle also gets his campaign under way in a tough opener against Beijing bronze medallist Alex Vastine of France.
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