Rio 2016 Olympics: Sunderland’s Josh Kelly wins debut match

Rio 2016 Olympics: Sunderland’s Josh Kelly wins debut match
Picture credit: Aziz Karimov / Demotix / Demotix/Press Association Images
Picture credit: Aziz Karimov / Demotix / Demotix/Press Association Images

Sunderland born Josh Kelly dominated his opponent in his debut Olympic match last night.

The 22- year-old beat Egypt’s Walid Mohamed by a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to reach the last 16 of the welterweight division.

Three of his GB team mates, Lawrence Okolie, Anthony Fowler and Galal Yafai all lost their matches and have been knocked out, however Kelly put on an impressive performance to ease himself into the next stage of the boxing competition in Rio.

Kelly will take on the Olympics number two seed and world’s number one, Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan on Thursday evening (11 August)

Kelly was the first of Team GB’s three North-East boxers into the ring. Pat McCormack from Washington, will fight Kazakhstan’s Ablaikhan Zhussupov on Thursday evening (11 August) in the light-welter division with Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall meeting Anna Laurell, from Sweden, on Sunday (14 August)

Catherine Peart

Head of Broadcast News

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