At the 50th Belgrade annual boxing tournament sixty nine boxers from fourteen countries competed for gold silver and bronze placings . Joseph Parker in the superheavyweight division defeated 2012 London Olympic berth winner Johan Linde af Australia, to claim the gold He had previously beaten Erick Pfeifer of Germany on points to secure a place in the finals
New Zealand sent five boxers to this tournament and recorded five wins from nine bouts Sam Rapira recorded two wins over French and Hungarian opponents but lost narrowly in the semi finals to the German in the light heavy weight gaining a bronze .
David light recorded a win at the quarter finals stage over his Scottish opponent but losing 15-10 to a class russian in the heavyweight at the semifinals to earn the bronze medal , while Bowen Morgan and Joe Blackbourn were beaten in the preliminaries .
Boxing New Zealand chairman Dr John McKay says" this is New Zealand s best result in ten years from teams travelling to european international events the NZ team finished fourth out of fourteen with competition of a great standard "