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Line-up announced for inaugural GB boxing Championships

Thomas Stalker

Home nations triumph in first boxing finals

Commonwealth Games gold medallists Tom Stalker and Simon Vallily have been named in the Great Britain team for the first GB Amateur Boxing Championships.

Lightweight Stalker renews hostilities with Scotland's Josh Taylor, who he beat in the Delhi final, while there are 10 Commonwealth medallists on show.

Others include silver medallists Sean McGoldrick, who will be representing Wales, and GB boxer Bradley Saunders.

World silver medallists Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall are also oh show.

The championship is a new competition to identify the best male and female amateur boxers in Great Britain with the finals being televised live on the BBC.

It will have an influence on the make-up of the Olympic squad and is an opportunity for all of the competitors to showcase their skills

Rob McCracken

They are being held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on 12 and 13 November.

The competition will pit the best from Scotland, England and Wales against current members of the GB boxing Olympic squad and create an opportunity for those who are not in the squad to force their way into contention for the London 2012 Olympics.

"This will be a very high quality tournament and reflects the huge depth of talent we have in amateur boxing in Great Britain at the present time," said Rob McCracken, performance director of the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA).

"The success of all of the home nations at the Commonwealth Games means we can expect to see some great match-ups in every weight category.

"Staging this event in a large arena means it will be the biggest crowd that most of the boxers will have competed in front of and will provide a good indication of who can handle the occasion and deliver a winning performance under intense pressure.

"It will have an influence on the make-up of the Olympic squad and is an opportunity for all of the competitors to showcase their skills and stake a claim to be part of the GB Boxing set-up as we build-up to 2012."

The lightweight (60kg) category also features hotly-tipped Martin Ward from England who was identified by many observers as the best boxer on show in the English ABA Finals in May 2010.

At bantamweight (56kg), McGoldrick will be hoping to add to his Commonwealth silver medal when he takes on the 2010 European Championship silver medallist Iain Weaver and the 2008 European champion Luke Campbell.

Two more medallists from 2010's European Championships feature at flyweight (52kg) where Andrew Selby from Wales is up against Beijing Olympian, Khalid Yafai. Both are part of the GB boxing squad, so the championships will provide an opportunity for Selby to challenge Yafai's status as the current number one ahead of the Olympic qualifying competitions in 2011.

The light-heavyweight (81kg) category includes Welsh ABA Champion and Commonwealth bronze medallist Jermaine Asare against English ABA champion Lawrence Osueke. They will be pitted against GB Boxing's Obed Mbwakango and Scotland's Sean Finney.

One of the most hotly anticipated contests for the Liverpool crowd will be at welterweight (69kg) where two local favourites, Callum Smith and Anthony Fowler will compete. Although Smith is the current GB Boxing selection and recently won silver at the Commonwealth Games he was defeated by Fowler en-route to his English ABA title in 2010.

The middleweight (75kg) division brings together two current ABA champions and Commonwealth Games medallists in Wales' Keiron Harding and GB Boxing's Antony Ogogo.

And at super-heavyweight (91kg), two former members of the GB Boxing squad, Stephen Simmons from Scotland and Danny Price of England will be hoping to force their way back into contention for 2012 when they come up against GB Boxing's Commonwealth gold medallist, Vallily.

The women's competition includes two national ABA Champions and two world silver medallists.

The flyweight (51kg) category features two-time world silver medallist Adams, ABA Champion and fellow GB Boxing squad member, Nina Smith, and Lynsey Holdaway from Wales.

The lightweight (60kg) category will be hotly contested and brings together two closely matched members of the GB Boxing squad, Natasha Jonas and Amanda Coulson, along with Wales' Becky Price.

Problems with form and fitness mean there are no candidates from England, Scotland and Wales to challenge, GB Boxing's world silver medallist, Marshall in the middleweight (75kg) category. Instead Marshall will compete in a non-title bout against an overseas opponent.

The draw for the competition will be held in November. In those categories where there are only two or three competitors, some will receive a bye into the final.

The semi-finals will be held on Friday 12 November from 3.00pm (doors open 2.00pm). The finals will be on Saturday 13 November from 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm).



see also
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Northern Irish trio box to glory
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New event to find 2012 GB talent
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Ireland's Taylor wins world title
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English duo crash out at Worlds
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GB's women win three EU silvers
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GB boxers praise coach McCracken
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