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[jokes for children]Tokyo 2020 men’s boxing: GB hope Ben Whittaker jokes that his dad won’t let him home without a medal

  By Luke Baker in Tokyo — Ben Whittaker’s dad won’t let him back home without an Olympic medal, so it’s probably for the best that the light heavyweight boxer got his Tokyo 2020 campaign under way with an impressive?victory.

  After genuine medal prospect Peter McGrail’s surprise first-round exit from the featherweight division on day one, Team GB’s boxers needed a pick-me-up and Whittaker provided it 24 hours?later.

  Facing dangerous Colombian Jorge Luis Vivas Palacios in the last 32 of the men’s light heavyweight category, the Brit showed control to earn a points victory – four judges giving him the nod and just one preferring Vivas Palacios on the cards.

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  It’s just the first step for Whittaker, who has his sights set on the podium – if only to ensure he’s allowed back to his hometown of Darlaston in the West Midlands by his dad – but he was pleased to shake off the cobwebs.

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  “There was a little bit of ring rust but it was important to get the first one out of the way,” said the 24-year-old, who next faces Egypt’s Abdelrahman Oraby in the last 16 on Wednesday.

  “We had one of those days as a squad yesterday where we won one [women’s featherweight Karriss Artingstall] and lost one [McGrail] so it was a bit upsetting, but you have to just push on.

  “My dad said to me before I left that if you don’t get a medal, especially the gold, then I should stay here!

  “To be honest I love it here, so I actually wouldn’t mind, but I know I’ve got to go back to the West Midlands with something?shiny.”

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  Sunday also saw British last-32 success in the men’s lightweight for Luke McCormack and the women’s flyweight for Charley Davison.

  McCormack earned an impressive points win over Manish Kaushik, while Davison was supreme in a unanimous points triumph over Rabab Cheddar. Davison – who took seven years away from boxing to have three children, before returning to the sport in 2019 – is targeting gold, if only to get one over London 2012 bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo, who is from her hometown of Lowestoft.

  “He’s from the same club as me, it’s great to put Lowestoft on the map again,” smiled Davison. “It’s only a small town so to have two Olympians is great.

  “I’m here for the gold, so I’ve got to get one up on him! But it’s great for our small town to have two?Olympians.”

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