Josh Kelly has picked up Team GB’s fourth boxing medal of the European Games after his semi-final defeat in Baku today gave the Sunderland man bronze.
Kelly, who was assured of a medal before the bout, lost 3-0 to home favourite Parviz Baghirov after all three judges awarded the fight to the Azerbaijani boxer.
The 21-year-old joins teammates Qais Ashfaq and Sandy Ryan in winning bronze, while Joe Joyce will hope to follow in Nicola Adams’ footsteps when he boxes for gold at 15:45 BST today.
Kelly said: “I gave it my all in there. I wanted that gold but I’m on the podium now so I’ve got to take it on the chin and move on.
“It was more of a technical fight in there. I put the pressure on in the third round but that’s what you get in boxing.
“I loved it. I love fighting against the crowd. Hopefully now I’ll come back and do better in the Europeans and get to Rio. I’ll get to Rio for sure.
“I’ll take the experience. I’ve boxed three really good lads and thought I did well in all the bouts. I’ve boxed two Olympians and against a massive crowd versus an Azerbaijani so it’s good experience.
“I’m going to take home a medal. It’s not the one we wanted but a lot of people who come here want get a medal so I hope I’ve done myself and everyone proud.”