SUPER heavyweight, Joe Joyce, had to settle for a bronze medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha, after losing on points to Tony Yoka of France in the semi-final.
It was Joyce’s fourth major medal of the 2013-17 Olympic cycle and adds to his bronze from the 2013 European Championships and the golds he won at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 European Games.
Joyce was the last member of the GB Boxing squad left in the tournament which saw four (Muhammad Ali, Joe Cordina, Josh Kelly and Joe Joyce) of the eight man team reach the quarter-finals.
It means that none of the team has guaranteed a place at the Olympic Games at this tournament however under the new qualification system introduced for Rio, there are three more events in 2016 with 95 places up for grabs.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “This is a very talented but relatively inexperienced group that will have benefitted from competing at the World Championships. The squad is progressing well and can look forward confidently to the Olympic qualification events next year.”
The next major event for the GB Boxing team is the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, 1-14 February 2016 which is also an Olympic qualifying event.
The three remaining Olympic qualification events next year are the European Continental Qualifying event in Istanbul, 20 April – 1 May 2016; an APB / WSB Qualifying event in Sofia, 13-22 May 2016 and the Final World Olympic Qualifying event which will be held in Baku, 7-19 June 2016.