Billy Joe faces Beijing box-off

PUBLISHED: 17:49 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009

Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders

HATFIELD fighter Billy Joe Saunders will face a box-off for a place in this year s Beijing Olympics. The 18-year-old welterweight was narrowly beaten in his Olympic semi-final qualifier against Olexandr Stretskyy this afternoon (Friday) in Pescara, Italy.

Billy Joe

HATFIELD fighter Billy Joe Saunders will face a box-off for a place in this year's Beijing Olympics.

The 18-year-old welterweight was narrowly beaten in his Olympic semi-final qualifier against Olexandr Stretskyy this afternoon (Friday) in Pescara, Italy.

The Hoddesdon Boxing Academy star suffered semi-final heartache after narrowly losing 15-13 to the Ukrainian with an Olympic berth guaranteed for the winner.

Billy Joe's Olympic hopes now depend on tomorrow's bronze medal fight off against Slovakian Pavol Hlavacka, who lost in the other semi-final.

The winners of that bout will secure the third qualification spot for Beijing.

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