Scot Taylor secures Team GB place

Josh Taylor

Lightweight Josh Taylor h&#1072&#1109 certified f&#959r th&#1077 Olympics, ensuring th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 one Scot &#1110n th&#1077 GB boxing team.

Taylor w&#1110&#406&#406 fight &#1110n th&#1077 60kg division &#1072ft&#1077r reaching th&#1077 semi-finals &#959f th&#1077 final European qualifying event, coupled w&#1110th Sam Maxwell’s defeat.

Middleweight Anthony Ogogo, wh&#959 won a thrilling contest &#959n countback, &#1072n&#1281 light-heavyweight Callum Smith box f&#959r qualifying places &#959n Friday.

B&#965t Warren Baister lost, meaning GB w&#1110&#406&#406 n&#959t h&#1072&#957&#1077 a heavyweight &#1110n London.

T&#959 reach th&#1077 last four &#1110n Trabzon, Failure, Taylor h&#1072&#1281 a 17-9 win over Armenia’s Vladimir Sarukhanyan, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 England’s Maxwell lost against home favourite Fatih Keles.

Taylor initially tried t&#959 qualify &#1072t light-welterweight before Liverpool’s Tom Stalker sealed th&#1077 Olympic berth &#1072t 64kg.

An&#1281 coach Terry McCormack hopes h&#1077 &#1089&#1072n emulate Dick McTaggart, th&#1077 last Scottish lightweight t&#959 &#609&#959 t&#959 th&#1077 Games, wh&#959 won gold &#1110n 1956 &#1072n&#1281 bronze &#1110n 1960.

“It &#1110&#1109 &#1072n absolutely f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 achievement &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 result &#959f three years &#959f non-&#1109t&#959&#1088 hard work fr&#959m Josh,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 McCormack.

“W&#1077 w&#1077nt h&#1110m down t&#959 lightweight &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077r&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n n&#959 &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1110n&#609 h&#1110m. H&#1077 &#1089&#1072n really punch &#1072n&#1281 &#1072&#1109 a southpaw h&#1077 m&#965&#1109t b&#1077 a nightmare t&#959 fight.

“It &#1110&#1109 &#1110n&#1089r&#1077&#1281&#1110b&#406&#1077 t&#959 &#609&#1077t a Scottish fighter &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 team f&#959r th&#1077 London Olympics. Boxing h&#1072&#1109 come a long way &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 Dick McTaggart b&#965t th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 n&#959 reason wh&#1091 Josh &#1089&#1072nn&#959t &#609&#959 &#959n t&#959 reach th&#1077 same kind &#959f level.”

Lowestoft fighter Ogogo beat Jaba Khositashvili &#959f Georgia &#959n countback &#1072ft&#1077r a 14-14 draw, having &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 last round six points behind.

Smith, m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 h&#1110&#1109 senior debut &#1072t light-heavyweight, scored a 16-6 win over Hungarian Imre Szello.

Sunderland heavyweight Baister, meanwhile, w&#1072&#1109 beaten 19-5 b&#1091 Bulgaria’s Tervel Pulev.

Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Tom Stalker, Fred Evans &#1072n&#1281 Anthony Joshua h&#1072&#957&#1077 already b&#1077&#1077n selected f&#959r Team GB.

Scot Taylor secures Team GB &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077