GB BOXING has selected a 13 man team to compete in the forthcoming European Championships in Minsk, Belarus (1-8 June 2013). It is the first major tournament since London 2012 and the team includes Olympians, Andrew Selby and Josh Taylor.
Flyweight, Selby, is the reigning European Champion and will be defending the title he won at the 2011 tournament in Ankara when he defeated Georgy Balakshin of Russia, 13-10, in the final.
Gamal Yafai, who won a bronze medal at the 2010 European Championships and Charlie Edwards, who did the same in 2011, are also in the team which includes two Scots, three Welsh boxers and eight from England.
“Tournaments at this stage in the Olympic cycle are always tough and this will be a big challenge for the boxers as the European Championships is traditionally one of the most demanding assignments in the boxing calendar,” said GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken.
“For a lot of this group it will be their first appearance at a major tournament so it is an opportunity for these boxers to test themselves at the highest level and demonstrate that they have the qualities to become one of the mainstays of the GB squad as we build towards Rio 2016.”
Burmatofts ABC, Leeds
Splott ABC, Barry
Birmingham City Police, Birmingham
St Joseph’s, Cardiff
St Joseph’s, Cardiff
Noble Art, Glasgow
Golden Gloves, Liverpool
Rye Hill ABC, Newcastle
Sunderland ABC, Sunderland
Earlsfield ABC, London
Individual profiles of all the boxers are available at http://www.gbboxing.org.uk/boxer-profiles.php.
In 2013, the men in the GB Boxing squad have won 14 medals at four international tournaments.
In April they returned from the Feliks Stamm tournament in Warsaw with four medals including golds for Andrew Selby and Antony Fowler and silvers for Lawrence Osueke and Frazer Clarke (who is not in the team for the European Championships).
At the start of May, Gamal Yafai and Sam Maxwell won gold and Joe Joyce took silver at the Algirdas Socikas Tournament in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Earlier in the year, Antony Fowler, Gamal Yafai and Charlie Edwards won silvers and Frazer Clarke secured bronze at the Gee Bee tournament in Helsinki. In February, Lawrence Osueke and Frazer Clarke claimed silvers and Charlie Edwards took bronze at the Bocskai in Hungary.
Ten of the team also boxed for the British Lionhearts in the 2012-13 season of the World Series of Boxing.
Andrew Selby was one of the stars of the tournament and won all six of his bouts to finish the season as the number one ranked boxer in his weight category. The tournament also saw the emergence of Joe Joyce, who won five out of six bouts and was ranked 2nd in the heavyweight division behind the Ukranian Olympic Champion, Aleksandr Usyk.
Results and updates on the progress of the team at the European Championship will be posted at www.gbboxing.org.uk and on the GB Boxing twitter feed @gbboxing once the tournament begins on Saturday 1 June 2013.