By Tom Degun

June 11 - Britain’s boxers continued their fine form at the European Championships in Moscow as the trio of Khalid Yafai (pictured), Iain Weaver and Tom Stalker all advanced to the finals after impressive wins.

Flyweight Khalid claimed a convincing 5-0 victory over Germany’s Ronny Beblik to advance through to the gold medal fight while featherweight Weaver beat Ireland’s Tyrone McCullagh 10-3 and lightweight Stalker defeated Germany’s Eugen Burhard 5-2.

Meanwhile, Khalid’s younger brother Gamal and Welshman Andrew Selby were both beaten in their semi-finals but still picked up bronze medals in the process.

The last time Britain won five medals at the event was in 1961 when the team returned from Belgrade with two golds and three bronzes.

The three British boxers will be joined in the finals by Irish duo Paddy Barnes, a bronze medallist from the Beijing 2008 Olympics, and Darren O'Neill. 

Khalid, who was beaten by Beblik earlier in his amateur career, said: "I wanted that revenge so badly and there was no way I was going to get beaten on my birthday.

"I just wanted to prove everyone wrong and make sure I got into the final."

Yafai’s final opponent, Russian Misha Aloyan, beat him in the European junior final three years ago but the Briton is hopeful of the victory in the final.

He said: "We’re the best two at the weight and it will be a good fight but I’ve matured and I’m very confident of beating him."

The finals are due to take place tomorrow with the first bout taking place at 2pm.

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