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Tokyo Olympics: Meet Team GB’s boxers set to make a splash this summer

Britain’s medal hopes within the boxing class have by no means been so excessive.

11 boxers will compete on the Tokyo Games subsequent month following the success on the Paris qualifiers earlier this month, equaling the document set 37 years in the past in Los Angeles. 

Optimism about Britain’s prospects in Tokyo has grown a lot there have been whispers about them breaking one other document.

The Olympic heroes of 2012 had been probably the most profitable Team GB boxing squad ever, with Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and Nicola Adams hanging gold and Fred Evans and Anthony Ogogo including a silver and bronze respectively.

Could this group obtain much more? The normal consensus is that this group of fighters definitely possesses the expertise to achieve this. 

So, with out additional ado, let’s meet the 11 Brits going for gold in Tokyo. 

Amir Khan helped Britain become a major force in Olympic boxing again by winning silver in Athens

Anthony Joshua (left) and Amir Khan (proper) are two of Britain’s newer Olympic heroes

Frazer Clarke (Super heavyweight, +91kg)

Frazer Clarke has been across the blocks. His Olympic dream, which was secured final week, has been a decade within the making.

Clarke, who first entered the Team GB boxing ranks as a 17-year-old, was pipped to a place on the London Games by Anthony Joshua in 2012 after which by Joe Joyce 4 years later in Rio.

The former combat night time safety guard can be a long-time sparring companion of world heavyweight champion Joshua and is a huge favorite to end on the rostrum in Tokyo.

He beat the No 2 seed Marko Milun of Croatia in the course of the Paris qualifiers earlier than shedding the ultimate on a break up determination.

After having to bide his time for thus lengthy, Clarke will likely be fired up to lastly get his probability to combat on the Olympics. Expect to hear about him a lot extra after these Games, too, as a result of he intends on turning over to the professional ranks afterwards. 

Interesting reality: Has a tattoo of Del Boy Trotter on his leg.

British super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke secured his place at Olympics after a decade of trying

British super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke secured his place at Olympics after a decade of making an attempt

Cheavon Clarke (Heavyweight, 91kg)

Earning a spot on the Olympics is simply the most recent occasion in Cheavon Clarke’s exceptional life.

The gifted heavyweight remains to be solely 30, however he is seen sufficient adversity and had some extraordinary experiences for a lifetime.

Clarke is lucky to be with us, not to mention going for gold in Tokyo. He has technically died twice. When he was simply eight he was left lifeless after falling off a ladder and being impaled by a metal spike. Then when he was 18, he ‘flatlined’ in hospital once more, this time due to a burst appendix.

He’s additionally as soon as performed Call of Duty with Usain Bolt, squared up to Prince Charles and received within the ring with Rio Ferdinand within the former Manchester United defender’s backyard.

Clarke has beforehand gained bronze on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and silver within the 2017 Championships. He will likely be hoping to go one higher in Tokyo. Whether he’ll flip professional afterwards is a determination solely he is aware of. He has rejected the possibility on quite a few events after being suggested by former world champion Richie Woodhall to keep as an novice for so long as he may. Right now although, he’ll be solely targeted on the Olympics.

Interesting reality: Once give up boxing to be a lorry driver.

Cheavon Clarke has had a remarkable life and is now going to be fighting at the Olympics

Cheavon Clarke has had a exceptional life and is now going to be combating on the Olympics

Ben Whittaker (Light-heavyweight, 81kg)

Ben Whittaker is one in all Britain’s finest medal hopefuls, having certified for Tokyo because the No 1 seed at light-heavyweight.

Whittaker was due to combat for the gold medal on the Paris qualifiers however determined in opposition to contesting the ultimate as a precaution, in order that exhibits you the place his focus is.

The 23-year-old is determined to strike gold at Tokyo to get his identify on the wall on the fabled English Institute of Sport alongside Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and Nicola Adams.

He is a graduate of the well-known Sheffield institute, which has been a breeding floor for British boxing expertise with undisputed super-lightweight world champion Josh Taylor additionally studying his commerce there, however Whittaker has received his eyes set on emulating AJ relatively than the Taylor, saying just lately: ‘All they speak about round right here is the Olympics and getting your identify on the wall.’

After his Olympic dream was placed on maintain due to the coronavirus pandemic, Whittaker revealed earlier this month it was 50/50 whether or not he would flip professional or not having seen Teofimo Lopez, who is similar age as him, turn out to be the unified light-weight champion however he finally rejected provides to flip over after taking recommendation from Joshua.

Interesting reality: Once received sacked from a matchday job at Wolves. Speaking about it just lately, he mentioned: ‘It was too chilly. I used to simply cover in the bathroom and eat Pukka pies.’

Ben Whittaker desperately wants to win a medal so he can get his name on the wall at the EIS

Ben Whittaker desperately needs to win a medal so he can get his identify on the wall on the EIS

Lauren Price (Middleweight, 75 kg)

Lauren Price is probably the most adorned feminine boxer within the Team GB squad and a big favorite to win gold in Tokyo.

The Welsh fighter gained gold in qualifying and heads into the Games because the Commonwealth and European champion and with out a defeat since 2018.

Price is an distinctive expertise however insisted she has improved even additional over the additional 12 months she’s had due to the Olympics being delayed by Covid.  

The middleweight, who was raised by her grandparents and was a nice all-round athlete, having gained taekwondo titles and represented Wales in soccer as a teenager, is thought for her excessive toughness and pushed perspective.

Price says she has dreamed of competing on the Olympics since she was eight. In simply a few weeks, she lastly fulfill that fantasy.

Interesting reality: She performed greater than 100 video games for Cardiff City FC’s ladies’s group and gained 52 worldwide caps taking part in for Wales after making her debut on the age of 16.

Lauren Price (right) is one of the most talented fighters in the squad and a favourite to win gold

Lauren Price (proper) is among the most gifted fighters within the squad and a favorite to win gold

Pat McCormack (Welterweight, 69kg)

Pat McCormack is arguably the standout expertise within the Team GB squad and is predicted to repeat his gold in Paris.

The 26-year-old edged out Andrei Zamkovoi – who beat him within the 2019 World Championship ultimate – in a vastly aggressive contest.

McCormack will now possible be the No 1 seed in Tokyo and the person to beat. Many specialists are tipping McCormack and Zamkovoi, who has solely lost 20 of his 140 novice fights, to be the Olympic finalists.

McCormack is among the most adorned and skilled boxers within the amateurs and has beforehand competed at an Olympic video games, having fought at Rio in 2016.

He received to the last-16 earlier than shedding to the No 2 seed and has since moved up to welterweight and established himself as one of many world’s main boxers within the novice code. He plans to flip skilled after the Olympics.

Interesting reality: Pat is 45 minutes older than his twin Luke. Held off turning professional so he may go into the paid ranks similtaneously his brother.

Pat McCormack won the gold medal in the European Olympic qualifying event in Paris in June

Pat McCormack gained the gold medal within the European Olympic qualifying occasion in Paris in June

Luke McCormack (Lightweight, 63kg)

Luke McCormack, twin brother of Pat, secured his spot within the Olympics by claiming a Bronze medal in qualifying in Paris.

The Sunderland fighter has achieved a lot of success as an novice and boasts a European Games bronze, a Commonwealth Games bronze, a European Championships silver medal and a gold within the EU Championship. 

In 2015, Luke and his brother Pat turned solely the second pair of twins to win England Boxing Elite nationwide titles on the identical day equalling the achievement of Darran and Stewart Langley in 2005. 

McCormack admitted just lately he has received one eye on turning skilled and that this is the ‘final hurdle’ within the amateurs and ‘getting ready him for the large stage’.

He additionally revealed that he solely began taking on boxing after his older brother instructed him he’d give him £20 a week if he went to the Birtley Boxing Club. I wager he is glad he took his brother up on that provide, as a result of now he is off to the Olympics. 

Interesting reality: Loves to dance in his spare time. Even his twin brother admitted just lately: ‘He is sweet, he is received the strikes that child.’

Pat's twin brother Luke will also be competing in Tokyo after earning his place in qualifying

Pat’s twin brother Luke may also be competing in Tokyo after incomes his place in qualifying

Caroline Dubois (Lightweight, 60kg)

Caroline Dubois adopted within the footsteps of her older brother Daniel, who spent two years within the programme earlier than turning skilled in 2016.

Dubois is barely 20 however is heading to Tokyo as a sturdy contender to end on the rostrum after securing her first senior medal on the European qualifying occasion in Paris earlier this month.

The London fighter, who was voted BBC younger Sports Personality of the Year again in 2019, was crushed within the ultimate by Ireland’s Kellie Harrington, taking residence the silver medal.  

Her sibling, Daniel, has emerged as one of many brightest heavyweight prospects over the previous couple of years and is now the WBA interim world champion. 

She can add extra success to their household identify by claiming a medal in Japan, which she intends to do after saying the year-long delay has been a ‘blessing in disguise’ for her. 

Interesting reality: Dubois began boxing as an 11-year-old and pretended to be a boy known as Colin so she may combat on the identical membership as he older brother.

Caroline Dubois, younger sister of heavyweight Daniel, is aiming to win a medal in Tokyo

Caroline Dubois, youthful sister of heavyweight Daniel, is aiming to win a medal in Tokyo

Peter McGrail (Featherweight, 57kg)

Just hours earlier than the largest combat of his life, Peter McGrail was instructed the Olympic qualifying occasion can be known as off that night in London final year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

As the curtain got here down, he had one bout to safe his spot in Tokyo.

Despite the state of affairs, McGrail remained composed and managed to declare a complete unanimous determination to turn out to be the final Brit to qualify earlier than the Paris qualifiers earlier this month. 

The Liverpudlian began boxing as a 10-year-old to have ‘a chuckle’ together with his associates however instantly stood out, with one in all his coaches on the Everton Red Triangle telling his dad that he would someday be a nationwide champion. 

That prediction, if something, was too cautious as McGrail went on to turn out to be a six-time nationwide champion. He has gone from power to power since then, profitable medals on the European, Commonwealth and World Championships. Could an Olympic one be subsequent on his already spectacular CV?

Interesting reality: Been with the identical coach since he was 10

Peter McGrail has enjoyed huge success as an amateur and earned his Olympic spot last year

Peter McGrail has loved big success as an novice and earned his Olympic spot final year

Karriss Artingstall (Featherweight, 57 kg)

Karriss Artingstall started boxing throughout her days as a gunner within the British Army. 

It was there competing for the Army Boxing group that Artingstall secured her evaluation with GB Boxing after profitable the 2018 England Boxing Elite National Championships featherweight title. 

Artingstall had to wait one other year earlier than she may combat for a place on the Olympics and secured her spot in Tokyo on the Paris qualifiers.

She shares a flat with fellow Team GB star Lauren Price and the pair spent a lot of lockdown occurring bike rides, feeding the geese and day-dreaming about going to the Olympics collectively. 

After spending months spurring one another on, each Price and Artingstall delivered the products to earn their locations in Tokyo. Both will likely be hoping to return with medals to show within the cupboards at residence.

Interesting reality: Karriss remains to be a registered soldier within the Army.

Karriss Artingstall secured her spot at the Tokyo Olympics in the Paris qualifiers this month

Karriss Artingstall secured her spot on the Tokyo Olympics within the Paris qualifiers this month

Galal Yafai (Flyweight, 52kg)

The third combating brother of his household, Galal Yafai has now stepped out of the shadows of his older siblings and in his personal phrases ‘surpassed their achievements’ as amateurs after incomes his place on the Olympics.

Yafai certified over a year in the past however fell simply wanting gold on the Paris qualifiers as he was sadly disqualified within the flyweight ultimate with Frenchman Billal Bennama following a conflict of heads.

His brother Khalid has gone on to turn out to be a world champion within the professional ranks whereas Gamal is 18-2 and beforehand represented Team GB on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

They’re a gifted bunch the Yafai’s, and Galal may simply be the perfect of the lot. It’s loopy to suppose then that solely 10 months earlier than he fought at Rio in 2016 at his first Olympic Games, that he was working at a Land Rover manufacturing facility in his hometown.

Six years later, he is going once more and this time, he is prepared to go for the medals. 

Interesting reality: Much prefers to watch Anthony Joshua combat over his brothers as a result of he finds decrease weight division fights boring regardless of being a flyweight himself.

Galal's the latest fighter off the Yafai conveyor belt and out to win a medal in his second Games

Galal’s the most recent fighter off the Yafai conveyor belt and out to win a medal in his second Games

Charley Davison (Flyweight, 51kg)

They do not name Charley Davison the comeback queen for nothing.

Davison, who gained home success and worldwide recognition as a youth boxer, had a seven-year break from the game when she was 19 to have her youngsters earlier than returning to coaching in 2018. 

She’s loved a meteoric rise since her return and managed to qualify for the Olympics all whereas juggling three youngsters. 

Davison was competing as a bantamweight, which isn’t an Olympic weight class, however the Team GB coaches felt she may efficiently compete as a flyweight.

That determination was vindicated when she certified for the Olympics earlier this month. She lost the ultimate in qualifiers in Paris to Turkish high seed Buse Naz Cakiroglu and will likely be in search of revenge in Tokyo. Rule Davison out at your peril.

Interesting reality: Decided she wished to come again to boxing after watching the London 2012 Olympics 

Mum-of-three Charley Davison has enjoyed a meteoric rise since returning to boxing in 2018

Mum-of-three Charley Davison has loved a meteoric rise since returning to boxing in 2018

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