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Saturday, 28 July 2012

28/07/2012 The British Olympic Boxing Team, what can we expect?

1904, the first official year that Olympic Boxing was introduced into the program, and it has stayed with us ever since (apart from the Swedish Olympics in 1912 due to the Swedish law). It is split across 11 different weight classes currently measured in  kg's. Its a points based system over 3 rounds and contenders wear protective head gear to reduce damage and injury.

I have given a brief overview of the British contenders to watch out for at this years London Olympics. It will also include for the first time the British women contenders who will be looking to bring home gold after the inclusion of women's Boxing for the first time at the games.

Natasha Jones 28, from Liverpool claimed a Bronze medal at this years Boxing Championships will be stepping into the Lightweight category and going for Gold, as will Savannah Marshall who recently became the first ever British world Boxing Champion. But probably the most promising Boxer to step up in the woman's category has to be Nicola Adams from Leeds, a 3 time Silver medallist at the Championships and European Champion, she will step into the flyweight division and will no doubt be one of favourites to come out on top.

Anthony Joshua stands above all the other British men as he goes into the Super Heavyweight category and again looks to be one of the favourites to pick up a medal, an ABAE Champion, Joshua carries a major threat going into the ring and has all the skill and technical ability to match up with any other Boxer in this category.

Andrew Selby, a Bantamweight from Wales is no stranger to Boxing at the top level. Twice a Bronze medallist at European level until 2011 where he became the first ever Welshman to win Gold at the European Championships. This tells the whole story to why Selby is not to be looked over, and I'm sure all the other men in his weight category would have done their homework around him, Selby will be disappointed with anything less than a medal.

Anthony Agogo, who seems to be the face of the British Boxing team and one of the faces of the entire British Olympics. A 23year old who shows much promise at Middleweight and i believe will walk away with the Gold. As i write this post Agogo has already overcome his first test against Junior Castillo Martinez, a comfortable win that sees him move on to the next round.

Fred Evans, a 21 year old who has already achieved so much. A gold medallist at Commonwealth and European level. He will be the man to watch in the Light Welterweight division. Josh Taylor, Luke Campbell and Tom Stalker round up what is a very strong British Boxing Team. I see very good things for this years British hopefuls, and a few that can really move on to make a big name for themselves.

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