Rio Olympics 2016: Joshua Buatsi wins boxing bronze but loses semi-final

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Buatsi wins bronze despite defeat

Joshua Buatsi won Britain's first boxing medal at the Rio Olympics by securing bronze at light-heavyweight.

The 23-year-old Londoner lost on points in the semi-finals to Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov, who picked him off from range in a classy performance.

Defeated semi-finalists do not fight again and both receive bronze medals.

"I'm disappointed but a bronze medal surpasses all expectations," Buatsi said.

"Once I got here and I was winning, I was aiming for gold and nothing else, but coming out no-one expected a medal. I did the hard work and I gave it my best shot."

Buatsi secured stoppages in his first two fights, and gave Algeria's Abdelhafid Benchabla two standing counts in the quarter-finals.

After that quarter-final victory, he revealed former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr had told him he could win a world title in the professional ranks.

"I know I am a very good fighter and this experience is only going to add more to what I have already got," Buatsi added.

Compatriots Nicola Adams and Joe Joyce are both guaranteed medals after reaching their respective semi-finals.

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