A gold decoration for Bradford Police and England's Harris Akbar covered an extraordinary week for GB Boxing at the EUBC European Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia as the group got eight decorations.
Akbar's triumph over GB Boxing crew mate, Garan Croft, in the light-middleweight division, imitated the accomplishments of Luke Campbell in 2008 and Peter McGrail in 2017 and makes him just the third Englishman starting around 1961 to be delegated European Champion.
It was the highpoint of a colossal week for GB Boxing, which saw fighters from England, Scotland and Wales secure, one gold, three silvers and four bronze decorations.
Four individuals from the GB Boxing crew were in real life on the last day of the competition, yet Akbar was the main one to arise with gold as flyweight, Kiaran MacDonald (Sunderland), and middleweight, Lewis Richardson (Chadwell St Mary), joined Wales' Garan Croft in agreeing to silver awards.
It finished a critical week in Armenia's capital which has seen GB Boxers contend in 39 sessions across the drawn out competition and win 25 of them to get an eight decoration pull.
Akbar said: “It’s amazing. I can’t put this into words. This is my first time in a European final and the first at senior elite level.
“I’d just like to thank everyone. Everyone who has supported me, coached me or couldn’t be here today. It’s because of you that I’m here today and the reason I’ll have a gold medal hanging from my neck.
“He’s (Garan Croft) an immense fighter and this shows you what GB Boxing is all about. We are two of the best in Europe and it goes to show how elite our boxers (in the GB Boxing squad) are. I am over the moon. I just can’t wait for it to properly settle in when I’m back home. Then I’ll know how buzzing I really am.”