GB BOXING has selected four women from the world class performance programme to compete in the forthcoming AIBA Women’s World Championships in Jeju Island, South Korea, (16-24 November 2014).
It includes reigning world champion, Savannah Marshall, who will defend the middleweight crown she won in China in 2012.
She will be accompanied by flyweight (51kg) Lisa Whiteside, lightweight (60kg), Chantelle Cameron and Sandy Ryan from GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad, who will compete at light welterweight (64kg).
All four boxers will compete for England and will be joined by 2014 European Championship silver medallist, Stacey Copeland, who has been selected by England Boxing at welterweight (69kg).
All five English women will travel together and prepare for the tournament at a training camp in Japan along with the Wales team of lightweight, Charlene Jones, and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Lauren Price, at middleweight.
London 2012 gold medallist, Nicola Adams and fellow Olympian, Natasha Jonas are both recovering from surgery and were not available for selection.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “The team has a good blend of youth and experience and is looking to build on the success that our women boxers have enjoyed in recent years.”
“The world championship is always a very tough event and will be a good test for all of the women as we build towards Rio in 2016.”
Since it was established in April 2010, women from the GB Boxing squad have won 11 medals at five major international competitions.
At last the world championships in China in 2012, boxers from Great Britain won four medals. Savannah Marshall won middleweight gold, Nicola Adams took silver at flyweight and Natasha Jonas and Lisa Whiteside secured bronze at lightweight and featherweight (57kg) respectively.
Chantelle Cameron reached the quarter finals of the 2010 world championship in Barbados, where Marshall and Adams won silver medals.
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