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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
Dolan leads England amateur squad
David Dolan
Dolan won gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games champion David Dolan will lead a five-strong England team at the World Amateur Championships.

The heavyweight will be joined by Darran Langley, Neil Perkins, David Price and Don Broadhurst in China.

However, England's amateur boxer of the year, Frankie Gavin is not in the squad as he is being steered towards next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

"Frankie has had a tremendous season and does not need to go to China," said England coach Terry Edwards.

"We have a different programme for him which is aimed at the Commonwealth Games - it is about nurturing talent and picking the right tournaments for them to develop in."

England have only won two medals in the 31-year history of the competition, but Edwards is hopeful his experienced team will add to that tally.

"It is an extremely difficult competition and we cannot go there setting targets in terms of the number of medals," he added.

"Our history in the competition puts it in perspective but we take a good mature squad and with the right draw and a bit of luck we could get into medal contention."

The tournament takes place in Mianyang City from 11-21 November.


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