Stalker going in for the kill

Tom Stalker will look to join the growing list of British boxers who are guaranteed an Olympic medal when he takes on Mongolia’s Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg on Wednesday night (Stalker 5/2 Gold Medal Winner).

The 28-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the light-welterweight competition with a hard-fought 20-16 victory over Manoj Kumar at the ExCel Arena and victory in midweek will mean that Team GB‘s boxers will be walking away with at least six medals from the Games.

Welterweight Fred Evans, flyweight Michael Conlan, Luke Campbell at bantamweight, middleweight Anthony Ogogo and Super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua are all into the semi-finals and guaranteed at least a bronze and Stalker would love to join his team-mates for at least one more bout following Wednesday’s clash (Joshua Evens Gold Medal Winner).

Team GB coach Paul Walmsley has backed his charge to do the business and believes he will put on an even better and more assured display than last time out.

“Unless Tom wins every bout 100-0, then he’s never quite happy,” he said. “He always wants perfection which is a great asset.

“He knows he can box better and knows he got drawn into a brawl when the tactics were to move side to side and hit.

Walmsley is expecting Stalker to face a stiff challenge from Wednesday’s opponent but is confident that the Salisbury southpaw can overcome a tricky customer.

“Uranchimeg has been around the block, he was in Beijing and won bronze at the Worlds in 2009,” he added.

“He is no mug and is a seasoned campaigner – but so is Tom. Tom can match his record and you will see a different Stalker next time out.”

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