Royal Marine George Crotty takes silver at World Boxing Cup

Storyline: Boxing

Mne George Crotty lost a very closely contested final in Sheffield on Saturday in the World Boxing Cup, GB Open.

After a challenging start to the competition for George, he took on his GB teammate Ramtin Musah in the light-heavyweight category of the all-England final and despite being up on the scorecards after round one, his opponent got himself back in the fight after round two. 

The contest rested on the last round and despite a huge effort by Crotty, with both boxers punching to the bell, the judges went for the man in the blue corner, with Musah winning on a 4:1 split decision.

Speaking to GB Boxing after his win, Musah praised his GB teammate, “All props to George - he is a very tricky customer. I was down in the first round, pulled it back and then kept on digging deep and came out with the win."

In the words of the commentators, ‘it could have gone either way.’

It was a frustrating competition for Mne Crotty after his first-round opponent pulled out of the contest before exchanging a punch. 

George was then due to fight against Wales’s Talyor Bevon in the semi-final which offered a real chance for George to expose himself and put himself in the driving seat for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Unfortunately, Bevan also pulled out with concussion from his first-round contest, sending Crotty straight to the final. 
It was not an ideal competition for the Royal Marine at the start of an Olympic year with Paris just over six months away, but he returns with a silver medal to add to his collection and will now be looking forward to what 2024 has in store for team GB.