Campbell ready for Nevin clash

Blackburn Citizen: Luke Campbell, pictured, and John Joe Nevin have split their previous two fights Luke Campbell, pictured, and John Joe Nevin have split their previous two fights

Boxer Luke Campbell will square off against old foe and family friend John Joe Nevin as he aims to fulfil his lifelong ambition of winning an Olympic gold medal in the men's bantamweight final at ExCeL on Saturday.

The Hull 24-year-old eased past Japan's Satoshi Shimizu 20-11 in their semi-final to set up a third career meeting with Ireland's Nevin - a stunning 19-14 winner over Cuba's reigning world champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada.

But the dream is over for Lowestoft middleweight Anthony Ogogo, who must settle for picking up a bronze medal after he was floored twice on his way to a 16-9 defeat to powerful Brazilian Esquiva Falcao.

Campbell's relationship with Nevin goes beyond their two previous bouts, in which Nevin triumphed comfortably in the 2009 EU Championships and the Hull man edged their last meeting on countback at last year's World Championships.

Meanwhile, Ogogo, whose Olympic build-up was marred by a serious illness suffered by his mother, admitted he would find some pride in taking home a bronze medal after going down to Falcao, the man who also beat him in last year's World Championships.

Fred Evans continued his magnificent run in the men's welterweight division as he reached the final with a superbly composed performance to see off Ukraine's world number one and reigning world champion Taras Shelestyuk 11-10.

Once again roared on by a capacity crowd, who have taken the Welshman's no-holds-barred style to their hearts, Evans started in composed fashion, keeping the Ukrainian at range and darting in behind a flicking right jab.

Anthony Joshua became the third British man to book his place in an Olympic boxing final as he cut down 6ft 9ins Kazakh Ivan Dychko with a big final round performance to pull out a 13-11 victory.

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