GB boxing captain Tom Stalker last night lodged an immediate appeal against his quarter-final defeat to Mongolian light-welterweight Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg.
The score finished 23-22 in the Mongolian’s favour despite a particularly impressive third round from the British counter puncher after which the fighter’s coach revealed his significant suffering.
“He’s devastated because he wanted to win a medal in his home Olympics,” said Dave Alloway. “He’s trained so hard for it, so to be one point away from a medal, one scoring blow, that’s what hurts.”
Should Stalker’s appeal not succeed, Britain would have been denied a sixth guaranteed boxing medal to follow the successes of
Luke Campbell, Fred Evans, Anthony Ogogo, Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams.
The latter could today become the first female boxer to win Olympic gold when she fights three-time world champion Ren Cancan in the flyweight final after defeating India’s Mary Kom in the semi-final.
“Words can’t express how I’m feeling,” Adams said. “To reach an Olympic final, I’m really happy.”