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Aussie boxer Daniel Lewis qualifies for Rio Olympics

  • Aussie boxer Daniel Lewis qualifies for Rio Olympics

    Middleweight boxer Daniel Lewis will represent Australia at the Rio Olympics.

Middleweight boxer Daniel Lewis will represent Australia at the Rio Olympics, putting a rotten run of luck and injuries behind him.

Lewis joined lightweight Shelley Watts as a confirmed selection for the Games when he won bronze on Friday in the 75kg class at the Asian qualifiers in China.

The 22-year-old NSW boxer had a unanimous points decision over Mongolian Shinebayar Narmandakh.

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His win also saves Australia the embarrassment of not having a berth in Olympic men's boxing for the first time since 1936.

Lewis was on the way to a medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games two years ago when he suffered a cut eye, putting him out of the event.

That came a year after he battled glandular fever at the world championships.

At 17, his bid for London Olympics selection ended when his jaw was broken at the Australian team trials.

Compatriot Jason Whateley will fight second-ranked Jakhon Qurbonov from Tajikstan on Saturday for the heavyweight bronze medal.

If Whateley wins, he will also secure Rio selection.

Lightweight Shelley Watts earlier confirmed her Olympics slot by winning through to Saturday's gold medal bout against top-ranked Chinese boxer Junhua Yin.

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