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British boxers eye world medals

Venue: Milan, Italy Date: 1-12 September

By Nabil Hassan

Khalid Yafai
Yafai competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Khalid Yafai and Luke Campbell will be the Brits to watch in Milan as the World Championships begin on Tuesday.

They are part of a seven-man squad but there is no Bradley Saunders who broke his left thumb in a training bout.

The British Amateur Boxing Association has set a target of one medal, two fewer than in Chicago two years ago.

"It is a young and inexperienced squad and our target reflects that," BABA performance director Kevin Hickey told BBC Sport.

"But in terms of having boxers who can deliver at this level now then we feel Khalid Yafai and Luke Campbell, who won the European Championships in Liverpool last year, have the necessary experience.

"They have had a taste of boxing at this sort of level, while for the other five it is more of a learning curve.

"To target two medals would be unrealistic but it would be fantastic if we could achieve it."

Tommy Stubbs, Andrew Selby, Thomas Stalker, Scott Cardle and Steve Simmons make up the group.

Stubbs and Yafai, a Beijing Olympian, returned from June's European Union amateur boxing championships in Denmark with gold medals.

And Campbell became England's first European amateur champion for 47 years in November 2008.

Missing out on a place in the squad was light-heavyweight Obed Mbwakongo who was heavily beaten at the EU championships in June and heavyweight Danny Price, who has been dropped from the podium programme because of poor performance.

BABA squad for World Amateur Championships in Milan:

Tommy Stubbs (48kg), Khalid Yafai (51kg), Luke Campbell (54 kg), Andrew Selby (54kg), Thomas Stalker (60kg), Scott Cardle (64kg), Steve Simmons (91kg).

see also
Selby boost for Wales at Worlds
21 Aug 09 |  Boxing
Women's boxing gains Olympic spot
13 Aug 09 |  Olympics
Injured Saunders to miss Worlds
06 Aug 09 |  Boxing
England's amateurs shine at Euros
20 Jun 09 |  Boxing
Saunders makes winning comeback
17 Jun 09 |  Boxing
Campbell earns historic title win
15 Nov 08 |  Boxing
GB finalise boxing coaching team
24 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Amateur boxing explained
01 Mar 06 |  Boxing

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