THE GB championships take place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Thursday (December 5). The prestigious tournament offers boxers from the home nations a trial with the Olympic squad if they beat a GB boxer at their weight. The home nation boxers are all either winners of the 2019 Elite Three Nations competition (which is contested by the winners of the 2019 national championships in England, Scotland and Wales) or have been selected by their national governing body.
“The GB Boxing Championships is an important tournament in the development of young boxers as it helps the coaches and performance staff at GB Boxing to evaluate up-and-coming talents and assess whether they have the potential to challenge our existing number one boxers and ultimately make it to an Olympic Games in the future,” said Great Britain’s performance director Rob McCracken. “Winning the GB Championship has been a key part of the Olympic pathway for a lot of successful boxers. Previous winners include most of the male and female boxers that are likely to represent Team GB at Tokyo 2020 along with names like Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and Nicola Adams, who all progressed from success at the GB Boxing Championships to winning gold at the Olympic Games.”
See below for the full line up.
Hannah Robinson, who rematches former conqueror Kirsty Hill, is hoping to use this event to put her on course eventually for an Olympic Games. “There are other more experienced women ahead of me in terms of selection for Tokyo next year,” she said. “My goal is to go to the next Olympics in 2024 so I am looking to get a victory at the GB championships with a view to eventually getting on the programme full-time. That will give me the opportunity to get the experience I need on the international circuit that will put me in contention for the Olympics after next.
“I am really looking forward to it. I boxed at the GB Boxing Championships last year and enjoyed it. The staging and the atmosphere was great and it is probably the best event I have competed at.”
Doors open at 6.45pm, boxing begins at 7.30pm. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the advanced sale price of £10 at http://www.ticketsdirect.org.uk/gbchamps.
Also coming up this weekend, from December 7-8, England Boxing will hold the Women’s Winter Box Cup at the Guildford Spectrum.
|51kgs||Chloe Watson (GB)||vs||Helen Jones (WAL)|
|57kgs||Raven Chapman (GB)||vs||Jade Pearce (ENG)|
|60kgs||Hannah Robinson (GB)||vs||Kirsty Hill (ENG)|
|69kgs||Omarah Taylor (GB)||vs||Jem Campbell (ENG)|
|52kgs||Will Cawley (GB)||vs||Jake Dodd (WAL)|
|61kgs||Joe Tyres (ENG)||vs||Subaan Ahmed (ENG)|
|69kgs||Tyler Jolly (ENG)||vs||Hassan Azim (ENG)|
|75kgs||Ramtin Musah (GB)||vs||Jimmy Tyers (ENG)|
|81kgs||Connor Tudsbury (GB)||vs||Aaron Bowen (ENG)|
|91kgs||Thomas Pogson (GB)||vs||Sam Leyson (WAL)|
|91&kgs||Courtney Bennett (GB)||vs||Gideon Antwi (ENG)|