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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 21:37 GMT
Murray seals Olympic Games place
Joe Murray
Murray (r) in action for England in March 2007
Joe Murray has become the first British boxer to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

The 20-year-old Murray defeated Mauritius' Commonwealth Games silver medallist Bruno Julie 26-19 in Chicago.

The win ensured Murray qualified for the last eight of the World Amateur Championships and secured him a place in Great Britain's team for Beijing.

"It's a dream come true," said Murray. "I've got to give a massive thank you to my England coach Terry Edwards and my club coach Joe Gallagher."

Murray, who fights for the Moss Side amateur club and is a former room-mate of Amir Khan, added: "It's not bad going to have two Lancashire fighters reaching two Olympics in a row."

Showing impressive maturity, Murray raced into a 5-0 lead and, despite his lead being pegged back to two points at one stage, the British boxer never had to chase the fight.

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Edwards said: "Joe has got the first one on the board and it is a remarkable achievement for him really.

"It will really lift the team and now Joe can concentrate on going further in this competition."

Khan won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 after losing 30-22 to Cuban Mario Kindelan in the lightweight final.

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