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Sotomayor's ring of gold

Boxing - Day 14: Baku 2015 - 1st European Games
Vincenzo Mangicapre of Italy (red) and Collazo Sotomayor of Azerbaijan (blue) compete in the Men's Light Welterweight final. Getty Images
Joe Joyce flips out and Azerbaijan register double Boxing gold

Azerbaijan's Collazo Sotomayor became light welterweight (64kg) champion on Friday, beating the no.1 seed, Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy.

"I devote this (medal) to the Azerbaijani people," said Sotomayor afterwards. "They have known me for a long time as I box in Gabala club. I am very thankful for the support from the stands. Their rooting encouraged me in the ring."

British boxer Joe Joyce had to show his powers of recovery as much as the power of his punches to win the super heavyweight (+91kg) gold medal.

Joyce had to come from behind after losing the first round, but took control after the second and delivered some punishing blows to Russian Gasan Gimbatov, that led to his being kept in hospital for observation.

Joyce's first thoughts were for his injured opponent but he was delighted at becoming the first European Games super heavyweight champion. 

"It feels great. Brilliant," said Joyce after performing a celebratory backflip mid-ring. "This is really good stuff. I won the European Games and became a part of history. The medal feels quite heavy. It's a great medal and a great moment."

During the evening session there were also double gold triumphs for Azerbaijan and Russia, while Italy suffered four defeats and had to settle for silver medals in each of their finals. 

The experienced Italian Vincenzo Picardi was second best to Azerbaijan's other big winner Elvin Mamishzada, eight years his junior and one of the rising stars of amateur boxing.

Russia's first victory came from Elena Savaleva, who was too much for Italy's Marzia Davide. After losing the first round, Savaleva took the next three to win the bantamweight (51-54kg) title. It was a similar story in the light welterweight (60-64kg) final where Italian fighter Valentina Alberti found Russia's Anastasiia Beliakova too much of a handful.  


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