GB Boxing Reveals Team for Historic European Games
GB Boxing has announced its team ahead of the first-ever Olympic qualification event in Krakow, Poland. The boxing tournament kicks off on June 23, offering athletes a chance to secure a place at the Summer Olympics scheduled in Paris next year.
As uncertainty looms over the sport’s future following governance and judging scandals that have plagued it for years, this move marks an important step forward. Despite being excluded from the programme of events for the 2028 Games due to these ongoing issues, GB is among several countries backing new breakaway group World Boxing. This federation aims to replace IBA as the international governing body while gaining recognition from IOC and ultimately restoring boxing’s rightful place in global competition.
Charley Davison Leads British Charge
This year’s GB squad includes only one returning Olympian – Charley Davison – who won hearts as well as matches at Tokyo Olympics last year. Now competing in women’s flyweight category (54kg), her experience will be invaluable when she represents Great Britain at her first European Games:
“Selection is always daunting because you train so hard before it,” said Davison about her inclusion in this prestigious event. “I am grateful for this opportunity and want to enjoy every moment on stage.”
The boxer added that participating once more would not only give her another shot at glory but also help improve herself further by learning from other boxers’ experiences internationally.
British Contenders Eyeing Up Medals
In addition to Davison’s seasoned skills, several other notable contenders are expected to do well during the upcoming games:
- Rosie Eccles (women’s welterweight) hopes to qualify after winning the gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games
- Delicious Orie (men’s heavyweight), Lewis Williams (men’s light heavyweight), and Scotland’s Reece Lynch (men’s lightweight) are all Birmingham 2022 gold-medalists set to compete in this tournament
- Kerry Davis, Demie Jade Resztan, Elise Glynn, and Shona Whitwell will also represent Great Britain as women boxers.
The GB squad has a lot of upcoming talent with potential that is waiting to be unlocked. With only a year away from Paris Olympics, it is an essential time for these talented athletes to shine bright on the world stage by delivering their best performances and qualifying for one of sport’s most prestigious events.
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