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Campbell guaranteed medal

British star edges out Bulgarian to book semi-final spot

Last Updated: 05/08/12 11:38pm

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Luke Campbell: Edged out his Bulgarian quarter-final foe

Luke Campbell: Edged out his Bulgarian quarter-final foe

Luke Campbell became the first British boxer to guarantee a medal by posting a narrow victory on Sunday.

Bantamweight Campbell edged out old rival Detelin Dalakliev 16-15 in his quarter-final.

The Hull fighter will now fight Japan's Satoshi Shimizu on Friday with a place in the Olympic final at stake. Even if he loses, he is guaranteed a bronze medal.

Campbell beat the Bulgarian to win the 2008 European title and also in last year's World Championships.

After his latest triumph, he said: "When I've beaten him in the past that's been and gone but tonight comes round just once every four years. I'm overwhelmed at the moment and I'm proud of myself that I'm going to bring a medal home to my little boy.

"All the sacrifices and discipline I've had to put in is all worthwhile, but this is just the start. I'm here for gold. I train to win and I fight to win, and I'm going in to win my next fight and then to win my gold medal.''

Dalakliev, the 2009 world champion, shaded the first round 4-3 on the judges' cards.

Verdict

The second was split 5-5 before Campbell was given the verdict courtesy of an exciting 8-6 final round.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's Natasha Jonas became the last home fighter to book her quarter-final place with a 21-13 win over American Queen Underwood.

On the first-ever day of Olympic women's boxing, Jonas produced a composed performance to pick off her more rugged opponent and earn a Monday clash with Ireland's four-time world champion Katie Taylor.

Jonas said: "History and records are great but I'm here at the Olympics and I don't want to just make up the numbers.

"I believe Katie and I are two of the best boxers in the world at our weight and it's unfortunate that we have fight so early. She's the world champion but with a crowd like that I think I have every chance."

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