Four nations booked two Olympic tickets apiece before the curtain prematurely came down on last month’s European qualifiers for Tokyo.

Azerbaijan, France, Great Britain and Spain did the double at the Copperbox Arena in London.

The 43-nation tournament was postponed on March 16 after three days of competition because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gabriel Escobar and Jose Brotons-Quiles did the business for Spain. Escobar was – and still is –  drawn to meet Irish captain Brendan Irvine, who also qualified in London, for at least bronze in the last eight before the tournament was abandoned.

While medals – given that the primary aim of Olympic qualification had been achieved –  could be considered a secondary objective, ranking points for Tokyo are also up for grabs at the qualifiers.

Madrid southpaw Escobar is the current European champion. However, he dropped a unanimous decision to Irvine in the quarter-finals of the 2017 European Elites in Ukraine.

A former World Series of Boxing fighter, the Spanish flyweight also lost to three-time Irish Olympian Paddy Barnes in the semi-finals of the Algirdas Socikas multi-nations in Lithuania in 2016.

Meanwhile, eight flyweights and eight feathers qualified in London, but 61 places will still be on the line when the European qualifiers resume at a date to be confirmed.



European Boxers Qualified for Tokyo 2021

52kg Korvon Soghomonvan (Azerbaijan)
57kg Tayfur Aliyev (Azerbaijan)

52kg Bennama Billal (France)
57kg Kistohurry (France)

52kg Galal Yafai (Team GB)
57kg Peter McGrail (Team GB)

52kg Gabriel Escobar (Spain)
57kg Jose Brotons-Quiles (Spain)

52kg Sakhil Alajhverdovi (Armenia)
57kg Shadalov Hamsat (Germany)
57kg Galos Roland (Hungary)
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland)
52kg Petre Cosmin-Girleanu (Romania)
52kg Batuhan Ciftci (Turkey)
57kg Albert Batygrgaziev (Russia)
57kg Mykola Butsenko (Ukraine)