Taylor books Olympics spot
Lochend lightweight Josh Taylor has become the sixth GB boxer to confirm his place at the London Olympics atqualifying event in Trabzon.
Taylor will become the first Scottish lightweight to represent Great Britain at a Games since the great Dick McTaggart, who claimed gold in Melbourne in 1956 and bronze four years later in Rome.
McTaggart said: "Josh first caught my eye as a youngster and I am delighted he has made it into the team, because Scotland hasn't had a boxer go to the Games for so long.
"Josh is a southpaw like me and he stands a good chance of winning a medal. My advice to him is to go there as fit and healthy as he can possibly be, and to enjoy every minute of the experience."
Taylor beat Armenia's Vladimir Sarukhanyan 17-9 to clinch his place at the Games after England's Sam Maxwell, his rival for the one Great Britain slot at lightweight, went down to home favourite Fatih Keles.
Taylor, 21, joins the already-qualified Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Tom Stalker, Fred Evans and Anthony Joshua, with three more British men still in with a chance of joining them.
Taylor said: "It's an unbelievable feeling to have qualified for London. It was always going to be really tough to qualify but I've trained really hard and came into the tournament in good form.
"I'm really proud that I'll be the only Scotsman on the team and I'm just going to keep listening to the coaches, work hard in the gym and get my preparations absolutely right. I'll be doing everything I can to make the country proud of me."
Taylor's long-time coach at Lochend, Terry McCormack, said: "It is an absolutely fantastic achievement and it is the result of three years of non-stop hard work from Josh.
"He tried to qualify at light-welterweight to start with but we moved him down to lightweight and there has been no stopping him. He is big at the weight, he can really punch and as a southpaw he must be a nightmare to fight.
"It is amazing to get a Scottish boxer into the team for the London Olympics. Boxing has come a long way since Dick McTaggart but there is no reason why Josh cannot go on to reach the same kind of level."
Anthony Ogogo and Callum Smith will also box for Olympic qualifying places on Friday after successfully negotiating their respective quarter-finals this evening.
Ogogo pulled off a spectacular recovery to beat Jaba Khositashvili of Georgia on countback after a 14-14 draw, having started the last round six points behind his opponent.
And Liverpool youngster Smith, making his senior debut at light-heavyweight, continued to impress as he scored a convincing 16-6 win over accomplished Hungarian Imre Szello.
But there was heartbreak for Sunderland's Warren Baister, who was beaten 19-5 by Bulgaria's Tervel Pulev. Baister's defeat means Great Britain will not have a heavyweight at the Games.