Martin Ward reaches European amateur boxing quarter-finals

Martin Ward
Ward is one of GB's brightest prospects for the 2012 Olympics

Martin Ward progressed to the quarter-finals of the European Amateur Championships in Ankara with a convincing win against Russia's Ildar Vaganov.

The lightweight again showed genuine London 2012 potential with a 16-10 win against his stubborn opponent.

Ward will take his place in the last eight with six other British boxers.

Another prospect, super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua, forced two standing counts in his defeat of veteran Irishman Cathal McMonagle 22-10.

Commonwealth lightweight gold medallist Thomas Stalker saw off Ukrainian Oleksandr Klyuchko 19-14, while former bantamweight champion Luke Campbell secured a walkover against Sweden's Bashir Hassan. Campbell now faces home favourite Furkan Memis.

"You have to take the walkover when it happens so I should be fresh for the next bout," said Campbell. "It's against the Turk on home soil but I'm confident I can do the business."

Welsh welterweight Fred Evans and flyweight Andrew Selby, and London light-flyweight Charlie Edwards also have quarter-final bouts on Tuesday, after winning their respective last-16 fights on Sunday.

Scottish lightweight Josh Taylor put up a tenacious fight against Italy's world champion Domenico Valentino before falling 13-11, while London light-heavyweight Obed Mbwakongo and Welsh lightweight Zack Davies were both stopped.

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