Boxer James DeGale insists he still has plenty left in the locker after ending the challenge of American Shawn Estrada to reach the last eight of the middleweight competition in Beijing.

The 22-year-old 2006 Commonwealth bronze medalist - who trains at Dale Youth Club in Notting Dale -  overcame a scoreless first round to comfortably pick off the man from LA 11-5 and set up a clash with Kazakhstan’s Bakhtiyar Artayev tomorrow.

Artayev, who won welterweight gold in Athens before stepping up middleweight, stunned double world champion Matvey Korobov in the previous round – ending his five year unbeaten run 10-7 on points.

And two-time European silver medallist DeGale knows he must raise his game if he is to guarantee bronze and ensure Team GB’s boxers don’t return from Beijing empty handed.

“I boxed alright against Estrada, but I know there’s more to come, there will have to be and there will be,” said DeGale – who has fought Artayev twice previously, losing once and winning once.

DeGale, Tony Jeffries and David Price fly the flag Team GB after the magnificent eight suffered four defeats and the withdrawal of Frankie Gavin in the opening week of the Olympics.

But coach Terry Edwards is confident the remaining fighters can deliver on his pre-Games medal target. "My target has always been two medals. Hopefully we can now achieve at least that,” he said.

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