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The fabulous Baker boys strike silver in Serbia

PUBLISHED: 15:33 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:29 05 October 2010

By Len Whaley THERE was a European silver medal double for Repton BC boxing brothers Simon and Mark Baker, who claimed their awards with top class performances at the tournament in Novi Sad, Serbia last week. With talented eastern European nations also ch

By Len Whaley

THERE was a European silver medal double for Repton BC boxing brothers Simon and Mark Baker, who claimed their awards with top class performances at the tournament in Novi Sad, Serbia last week.

With talented eastern European nations also chasing the honours, the competition was tough and for the Baker boys to make the finals was outstanding.

Mark Baker's final battle with classy Russian opponent Stepan Nitkovsky provided a high class contest from the opening bell, with the 59kg rivals setting a fierce pace.

Accurate attacks from the Repton boy shook his rival in the second session but the powerful Russian produced a last round effort to finish in front on the scorecards 22-18, giving him the gold medal.

Another Russian entry Ruslan Gilmanov proved too powerful for Simon Baker in the 54 kg final.

Simon Baker tried gamefully to take his rival out of his stride in the opening round, but once Gilmanov found the target with some fierce shots in the second, the referee stopped the contest.

Earlier Simon had joined his brother in the semis with a quick-time triumph over Bulgarian Nikola Varbanov in a one sided quarter final.

Baker poured on the punches from the start and with the Bulgarian in obvious trouble the referee moved in to call a halt. The brothers moved through their semis with convincing wins over Serbian opponents.

Mark Baker defeated Alexander Mitic, producing an impressive display to clinch a 10-2 margin from the judges.

Simon didn't need the help of the judges as he scored another inside the distance success, shaking Milorav Tot with two-fisted assault in the opening session. He followed up in the second and the referee called a halt.

There was an earlier exit for a third Repton boxer at the championships Romario Wallace who lost a points vote against Russian Igor Kharitonov in their 48 kg clash, the Russian was awarded a 12-7 win - and went on to clinch the gold medal.

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