Lee McGregor beaten in last eight of European Championships

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Edinburgh’s Lee McGregor crashed out of the European Boxing Championships’ quarter-finals in Ukraine after an unanimous defeat by home favourite Mykola Butsenko.

The British and Scottish 56kg champion pulled off two spectacular victories in Kharkiv to secure his place in the last eight as the competition began last weekend. He overcame Germany’s Omar El-Hag in Sunday’s first round before conquering Russian and reigning European champion, Bakhtovar Nazirov, in Tuesday’s second-round bout.

The Meadowbank amateur had targeted a medal and will be disappointed not to have gone any further in the competition. However, having made it through to the quarter-finals, the 20-year-old has qualified for the World Championships in Hamburg in August.

“I got deducted a point early on [against Butsenko] which I didn’t agree with and that made me change tactics completely as I was chasing the fight from then,” McGregor said. “It’s been a crazy six and seven weeks going from winning the British Championships to then losing my mum the same night. Biggest thanks goes to my coaches John McCarron and Peaj Khosrowpour.”