Eccles bows out as London qualifiers go behind closed doors

March 15, 2020 | by Matt Halfpenny


GB boxer Rosie Eccles was beaten by Russia’s Saadat Dalgatova on day two of the Olympics qualifiers in London.

The Welsh boxer was left frustrated by her performance and said: “It wasn’t a nice fight to be in.

“I pride myself on getting my tactics right but maybe I was a little too eager against someone who wants to get in there and tie you up.“

Today’s action sees GB’s Charley Davison take on Ireland’s Carly McNaul at Women’s Flyweight (Under 51kg) in the morning session, while the evening session pairs Peter McGrail against the Czech Republic’s Kevin Godla at Men’s Featherweight (Under 57kg).

Also in the evening session, Gala Yafai meets Rasul Saliev of Russia at Men’s Flyweight (Under 52kg) and Lewis Richardson faces France’s Victor Yoka of France at Men’s middleweight (Under 75kg).

Meanwhile, due to the changing situation with Coronavirus and concerns for public, athlete and volunteer welfare, the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) has taken the decision that from Monday 16 March 2020 the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will take place behind closed doors.

This unfortunately means that no spectators will be permitted to attend the event.

The decision comes into force with immediate effect and covers both the 12 noon and 6pm sessions that are due to take place on Monday, and all other sessions up until the end of the tournament.

The Local Organising Committee of the Boxing Road to Tokyo event understands the reasons for the decision and apologises to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause.

The event’s ticket partner, See Tickets, will contact all ticket holders who are all entitled to a face value refund.

See Tickets will automatically return the money within 30 days via the method by which the ticket was purchased.

Booking fees and any other expenses incurred will not be refunded.

Any customers that also took out an insurance policy with TicketPlan when they purchased their tickets should contact the company direct via the TicketPlan website.

The Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifier will continue to be streamed live on the Olympic Channel and can be viewed at