DeGale progresses to middlewight semi-finals

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The Independent Online

James Degale produced one of the finest performances of his career to score a comprehensive 8-3 victory over Kazakhstan's Bakthiyar Artayev and guarantee Great Britain's third boxing medal of the Beijing Games.

Degale was in irresistible form as he took the initiative from the start against Artayev, the reigning Olympic welterweight champion who had defeated world number one Matvey Korobov in the opening round.

Degale will resume his rivalry with Ireland's Darren Sutherland in the semi-finals after Sutherland guaranteed what will also be his nation's third boxing medal with an 11-1 win over Alfonso Blanco Parra of Venezuela.