WORLD BOXING: Three British fighters set to go for gold in Baku
GREAT Britain's Luke Campbell, Andrew Selby and Anthony Joshua will all fight for gold at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku.
Boxers from Great Britain have only ever won one previous gold medal at the World Championships, when Frankie Gavin triumphed in the lightweight category in Chicago four years ago.
But bantamweight Campbell edged a tight contest against Ireland's John Joe Nevin before Welsh flyweight Selby beat Uzbek Jasurbek Latipov.
Last year it was considered that England didn't have a super heavyweight capable of challenging at the Commonwealth Games but breakthrough act Anthony Joshua made it a British hat-trick by defeating Germany's Erik Pfeifer in the opening round.
Joshua will now face Azerbaijan home favourite Magomedrasul Medzhidov, after he defeated Kazakstan's Ivan Dychko, but after beating the reigning world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle in the quarter-finals, he will have nothing to fear.
However, there was disappointment for light welterweight Tom Stalker, who was defeated by Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk and settles for bronze and guaranteeing his Olympic selection.
Selby is locked in a domestic battle with 2010 European silver medallist Khalid Yafai for the one available lightweight place at next year's Games.
Because both reached the Olympic qualifying standard with their top eights in Baku, it was expected selectors would make a decision after a 'box off' next year. But Selby will guarantee his place - and end the hopes of Beijing Olympian Yafai - if he beats Russia's Misha Aloyan.
"I was always confident I'd win even when the coaches told me I was behind after the first. I thought he'd tire, and I'm in great shape and just went in and enjoyed myself, threw a few shots, and a few of them hit so I felt pretty good," he said.
"I know what to expect in the final as I boxed him earlier in the year, but I'm a different boxer now. I'm doing the weight well, scoring points and feeling good so it would be nice to pick up the gold and get my place at the Olympics."
Campbell praised his beaten Irish rival but insisted he was brimming with confidence ahead of his final with Cuba's Lazaro Estrada.
"It was a close one but I always thought I did enough, and I was counting the score in the last one and thought I won it by a couple," he said.
"All credit to John Joe, he's a great competitor, and has qualified for his second Olympics. I'll be going to my first, and now I've got a World Championship final to look forward to and I can't wait.
"It’s been a brilliant week for the whole team, and I just want to top it off and bring the gold back home."
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