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GB Boxing tweak amateur squads for 2011 competitions

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GB Boxing have tweaked their podium and development squads as they head into a vital year that includes September's World Championships in Azerbaijan.

Heavyweight Danny Price is added to the podium squad, while super-heavyweight Amin Isa drops out completely.

Lightweight Josh Taylor, middleweight Keiron Harding and light-flyweight Iain Butcher join the development squad.

Middleweight Frank Buglioni drops to the development squad and flyweight Lynsey Holdaway joins the women's team.

As well as September's World Championships - which doubles up as an Olympic qualifying event - the GB squad members could also be boxing at the European Championships in June, with the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) planning to move the tournament from 2012 to this year.

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So it will be an intense year of competition ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, with Britain's best amateur boxers having to keep up the highest of standards or risk losing their place in the team.

That was the case at November's GB inaugural amateur championships, where the performances there as well as the other tournament in 2010 have resulted in changes to the squads.

"The make-up of the squad reflects performances in 2010," said Rob McCracken, performance director of the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA).

"The existing members did extremely well at the men's European Championships and the women's worlds and we have added to it with those that did particularly well in domestic competitions and the Commonwealth Games.

"The major priorities for 2011 are the men's World Championships in Azerbaijan in September and the women's European Championships in Holland in October.

"The men's World's is an Olympic qualifying event so all of the boxers are focused on establishing themselves as the number one boxer at their weight and being selected for this critically important event in the build-up to 2012."

The changes in the squad mean there is no representation in the podium squad at light-flyweight or super-heavyweight.

"Our number one boxers at super-heavyweight and light-flyweight are still very young and inexperienced and, at the present time, will benefit more from being in the development squad," added McCracken.

"We will continue to assess them and as long as they continue to progress and do well in competition they will come into consideration for promotion to the podium squad in the course of the year."


Men's Podium Squad

Khalid Yafai, Flyweight (52Kg), Birmingham, England

Andrew Selby, Flyweight (52Kg), Barry, Wales

Tommy Stubbs, Flyweight (52Kg), Oldham, England

Gamal Yafai, Bantamweight (56Kg), Birmingham, England

Luke Campbell, Bantamweight (56Kg), Hull, England

Iain Weaver, Bantamweight (56Kg), Ferndown, England

Martin Ward, Lightweight (60Kg), Romford, England

Thomas Stalker, Lightweight (60Kg), Liverpool, England

Bradley Saunders, Light-welterweight (64Kg), Sedgefield, England

Scott Cardle, Light-welterweight (64Kg), Lytham, England

Callum Smith, Welterweight (69Kg), Liverpool, England

Fred Evans, Welterweight (69Kg), Cardiff, Wales

Anthony Ogogo, Middleweight (75Kg), Lowestoft, England

Obed Mbwakango, Light-heavyweight (81 Kg), London, England

Warren Baister, Heavyweight (91Kg), Sunderland, England

Danny Price, Heavyweight (91Kg), Scarborough, England

Simon Vallily, Heavyweight (91Kg), Middlesbrough, England

Women's Squad

Nicola Adams, Flyweight (51 Kg), Leeds, England

Lynsey Holdaway, Flyweight (51Kg), Cardiff, Wales

Nina Smith, Flyweight (51 Kg), London, England

Amanda Coulson, Lightweight (60Kg), Hartlepool, England

Natasha Jonas, Lightweight (60Kg), Liverpool, England

Ruth Raper, Lightweight (60Kg), London, England

Savannah Marshall, Middleweight (75Kg), Hartlepool, England

Men's Development Squad

Charlie Edwards, Light-flyweight (49Kg), Croydon, England

Iain Butcher, Light-flyweight (49Kg), Motherwell, Scotland

Qais Asfaq, Bantamweight (56Kg), Leeds, England

Sean McGoldrick, Bantamweight (56kg), Cardiff, Wales

Joe Cordina, Bantamweight (56Kg), Cardiff, Wales

Cori Gibbs, Lightweight (60Kg), Birmingham, England

Shafiq Asif, Lightweight (60Kg), Middlesbrough, England

Josh Taylor, Lightweight (60Kg), Edinburgh, Scotland

Antonio Counihan, Lightweight (60Kg), Birmingham, England

Zack Davies, Lightweight (60Kg), Llanelli, Wales

Sam McNess, Light-welterweight (64kg), Romford, England

Anthony Fowler, Welterweight (69Kg), Liverpool, England

Frank Buglioni, Middleweight (75Kg), London, England

Keiron Harding, Middleweight (75Kg), Cardiff, Wales

Antony Joshua, Super-Heavyweight (91Kg+), London, England

Fraser Clarke, Super-Heavyweight (91Kg+), Burton, England



see also
Campbell upstages GB number one
14 Nov 10 |  Boxing
GB amateur boxers have X-Factor
14 Nov 10 |  Boxing
'Tired' Ogogo settles for silver
13 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
GB's women win three EU silvers
08 Aug 10 |  Boxing
GB secure three silvers at Euros
12 Jun 10 |  Boxing


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