ENGLAND BOXING has announced the seeded boxers who will compete in the final stages of the England Boxing Elite National Championships 2015 at the Echo Arena Liverpool, 24-26 April 2015.
The seeded boxers will all join the competition in the quarter-finals which begin on Friday 24th April as the latter stages of the tournament are held over three consecutive days, with the semi-finals following on Saturday and the finals on Sunday 26th April 2015.
The nine seeded men and five women are all part of the GB Boxing squad and include 2012 Olympic Champion, Nicola Adams, who will be boxing in the National Finals for the first time since 2007 and making her first competitive appearance on English soil since she won the Olympic final in London.
Adams is one of five women seeded across the three female Olympic weight categories [flyweight (51kg), lightweight (60kg) and middleweight (75kg)] and sets up the prospect of a final against England’s 2014 world championship silver medallist, Lisa Whiteside, who is also seeded in the flyweight division.
It is the first time in the event’s 128 year history that the men and women’s finals will be held as part of the same tournament.
“The new format (of holding the final stages over three days) proved very popular last year and we received a lot of positive feedback from boxers, coaches, clubs and fans who all felt it created a brilliant showcase for the best boxing talent in England,” explained England Boxing board member and Chair of the Technical Rules and Championships Sub-Committee, Giorgio Brugnoli.
“Holding the men and women’s finals as part of the same tournament is a significant step forward and having an Olympic champion and iconic figure like Nicola Adams taking part, will elevate the Championships even further and provide a brilliant opportunity to showcase the sport and the fantastic talent we have in this country.”
Nicola Adams said: “It will be great to be part of such a historic event and to have the opportunity to box in England again, as this will be my first time since the Olympic Games. Being part of the GB Boxing squad we tend to box overseas the vast majority of the time so to have the chance to compete in my home country again will be fantastic.
“I really hope my fans will get behind this event and come along to support me and all of the other boxers that are taking part in what is sure to be a great weekend of boxing.”
The nine male seeds include England’s 2014 Commonwealth Games welterweight gold medallist, Scott Fitzgerald, and two reigning England Boxing national champions, light-heavyweight, Joshua Buatsi and Pat McCormack, who won last year’s lightweight crown and will compete this year at light-welterweight.
There is no seed at heavyweight owing to injuries. A number of boxers, including 2014 champions Antony Fowler, Sam Maxwell and Joe Joyce, are unable to take part owing to international commitments and the World Series of Boxing.
The full list of seeds is:
Nicola Adams, Flyweight (51kg), Haringey Police Community ABC
Lisa Whiteside, Flyweight (51kg), Larches and Savick ABC, Preston
Chantelle Cameron, Lightweight (60kg), King’s Heath ABC, Northampton
Sandy Ryan, Lightweight (60kg), One Nation Pegasus ABC, Derby
Savannah Marshall, Middleweight (75kg), Hartlepool Headland ABC, Hartlepool
Joe Maphosa, Light-flyweight (49Kg), Middlesbrough ABC
Muhammed Ali, Flyweight (52kg), Bury ABC
Peter Mcgrail, Bantamweight (56kg), Everton Red Triangle, Liverpool
Luke McCormack, Lightweight (60kg), Birtley ABC, Sunderland
Pat McCormack, Light-welterweight (64kg), Birtley ABC, Sunderland
Scott Fitzgerald, Welterweight (69kg), Larches and Savick ABC, Preston
Troy Williamson, Middleweight (75kg), Darlington ABC
Joshua Buatsi, Light-heavyweight (81kg), South Norwood and Victory ABC, London
Frazer Clarke, Super-heavyweight (91kg+), Burton