The British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA), which runs the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for Olympic boxing, has confirmed that the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist, Anthony Joshua MBE, will not be part of the GB Boxing squad in the 2013-17 Rio cycle.
His contract with the BABA finished at the end of the 2009-13 London Olympic cycle and he has now left the WCPP to pursue other career opportunities.
Rob McCracken, Performance Director of the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) said: “Anthony is a very talented sportsman who has enjoyed a meteoric rise to become Olympic champion, less than four years after he first began boxing.
“Naturally, it is a disappointment for us that Anthony has decided his future lies away from the GB Boxing programme but he departs with our very best regards and we wish him every success in his future career.
“As we enter the Rio cycle, six of the ten of the boxers that competed in London remain part of our squad and we have some excellent talents coming through so the programme has a strong nucleus to work with and a good opportunity to add to the success we have enjoyed in recent years.”
Matthew Holt, Chief Executive of the BABA added: “Whilst we would have liked Anthony to stay for Rio 2016, his achievement in winning the gold at London 2012 was something very special and we recognise his wish to pursue other opportunities and challenges.
“Like other boxers that have represented their country superbly in recent years, Anthony will remain part of the GB Boxing family and will always receive a warm welcome at our training facility in Sheffield.”
Anthony Joshua joined the GB Boxing squad in the summer of 2010 shortly after winning his first ABAE title. After reaching the last-eight of the 2011 European Championships in Turkey, he spectacularly announced himself on the world stage in October of that year when he defeated the Olympic and two-time World champion, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy, in the quarter finals of the World Championships in Baku. He went on to win a silver medal at the tournament, narrowly losing a gripping final 13-12 to Azerbaijan’s Magomedrasul Majidov.
In August 2012 he went one better when he won gold at the Olympic Games in London, again beating Cammarelle in the final, as he overturned a three point deficit going into the last round to secure the gold medal on countback after the scores finished 18-18.