Rio 2016 Squad

Muhammad Ali

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 20 June 1996
Weight: 52kg
Height: 5’7”
Club: Bury ABC
Home Town: Leeds
Club Coach: Mick Jelley
http://www.twitter.com/malijnr1996

Achievements:

  • 2016 AIBA Qualification Event, Turkey – Gold
  • 2015 European Championships, Azerbaijan – Silver
  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold
  • 2014 European Youth Championships – Gold
  • 2014 Youth Olympic Games – Bronze
  • 2014 Youth World Championships – Silver

 

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Muhammed (or Mo as he is known by his teammates at GB Boxing) first started boxing at 11-years-old and one year later he entered the England Schoolboy Championships where he won his first ever gold medal.

In 2014 he won Silver at the Youth World Championships which he followed by winning bronze in the Youth Olympic Games 2014.  Mo added gold at the 2014 European Youth Championships and was selected to join the GB Boxing squad in the same year, whilst still a Youth boxer.

In his first competition as a senior he won the 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool.  Three months later he secured his first medal at a major international tournament when he won flyweight silver at the 2015 European Championships in Samakov.

In 2016, he won twice for the British Lionhearts team that finished runners-up in the World Series of Boxing and in April, he secured his place at Rio by winning the European Continental Qualification event in Samsun, Turkey.

When he is not training in Sheffield Mo enjoys relaxing at home and spending time with his family.

Mo competed for Team GB in Rio at flyweight.

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Galal Yafai

Light-flyweight

Date of Birth: 11 December 1992
Weight: 49kg
Height: 5’5”
Club: Birmingham City ABC, Birmingham
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: Frank O’Sullivan
http://www.twitter.com/galal_yafai

Achievements:

  • 2016 Olympic Games, Rio – Olympian
  • 2016 AIBA Olympic Qualification Event, Samsun - Gold
  • 2015 Olympic Test Event, Rio de Janeiro - Bronze

 

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Born in Birmingham, Galal is part of a well-known boxing family.  His older brothers, Khalid and Gamal, are both successful professional boxers and were previously members of the GB Boxing squad, the former competing for Team GB at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Galal joined the Podium squad in October 2015 and went to the Olympic Test event in Rio where he secured a bronze medal.  He competed for the British Lionhearts in the 2016 season of World Series Boxing (WSB) and recorded victories in his bouts against the Mexico Guerrero and Astana Arlans Kazakhstan as part of the team that made the final of the competition.

His performances earned him selection for European Continental Qualification Event in Samsun, Turkey, where he secured his place for Rio in emphatic style by winning the gold medal.

Galal competed for Team GB at Rio 2016, where he defeated Simplice Fotsala of Cameroon in his opening bout before losing out on a split decision to eventual bronze medallist Yoahnys Argilago in the second set of preliminary rounds.

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Pat McCormack

Light-welterweight

Date of Birth: 8 June 1995
Weight: 64kg
Height: 5’10”
Club: Birtley
Home Town: Washington
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/PatMcCormack14

Achievements:

 2016 AIBA Olympic Qualification Event, Baku – Gold

  • 2016 World Series Boxing – “Boxer of the regular season”
  • 2015 European Championships, Samokov - Silver
  • 2015 England Boxing National Elite Championship - Gold
  • 2014 England Boxing National Elite Championship - Gold
  • 2011 AIBA World Junior Championships – Gold

 

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Having started boxing as a schoolboy with one of the north east’s most successful clubs, Birtley ABC, Pat secured every domestic title available to English boxers, before going on to win gold medals for England in major internationals, including the AIBA Junior World Championships and the EUBC European Championships.

In 2014 he won the England Boxing National title in his first year as a senior and retained it in 2015, on the same day that his twin brother Luke, also won the national crown.  The pair both joined the GB Boxing squad in 2014 when Pat also represented England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Pat’s career high point came in in 2015 when he won silver in the 2015 European Championships.  He went on to star for the British Lionhearts in the 2016 of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), winning all three of his contests and being named “Boxer of the regular Season”.

He followed this up by securing his place at Rio when he won the gold medal in the 2016 AIBA Olympic Qualification Event in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2016.

Harvey Horn

Light-flyweight

Date of Birth: 5th October 1995
Weight: 49kg
Height: 170cm
Club: Repton ABC, London
Home Town: Chigwell
Club Coach: Tony Burns
http://www.twitter.com/HarveyHorn

Achievements:

  • 2015 European Championships, Samakov – Silver
  • 2014 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold

 

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Harvey first got involved within boxing when he was 10-years-old at local gym Gator ABC. His first competitive bout as a boxer was the 2006 Schoolboy Championships and his first major medal was as a youth boxer in the National Junior Championships when he was 15-years-old.

Harvey joined the GB Boxing squad in 2014 following his victory in the England Boxing Elite National Championships that year.  His career highlight came in 2015 when he secured a silver medal at the European Championships in Samakov.  He has also competed for the British Lionhearts in seasons 2015 and 2016 of the World Series of Boxing.

Outside boxing Harvey enjoys other sports including swimming and tennis. He loves spending time at home with his family, especially his Dad, who he sees as one of his role models. He’s also an animal lover and has an English bulldog, who he proudly named Rodney.

Harvey is one of several boxers on the GB Boxing programme that are graduates of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme that enables young athletes to train full-time whilst still pursuing their education.

When asked what he enjoys most about boxing, Harvey’s reply is “winning” and he admits there is nothing quite like the feeling of winning gold and standing on the top of the podium.

Lisa Whiteside

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 17th September 1985
Weight: 51kg
Height: 5’2”
Club: JR Gym
Home Town: Preston, Lancashire
Club Coach: Mick Day
http://www.twitter.com/LisaWhiteside

Achievements:

  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championship - Gold
  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championship - Gold
  • 2014 AIBA World Championships, Jeju City – Silver
  • 2012 World Championships, Qinhuangdao  Bronze
  • 2011 European Championships, Rotterdam – Silver medallist

 

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Lisa first started boxing when she was 21-years-old, her first involvement in sport was within Thai boxing, however she never competed. It wasn’t until she was encouraged to start competing by friends and family that Lisa looked up women’s boxing online and got involved at her local club. Three months later she had her first competitive bout.

She progressed rapidly and in 2011 she was nominated by England to compete in the non-Olympic featherweight category at the European Championships.  Although not a member of the squad – and worked at the time as a Police officer – Lisa travelled with the GB Boxing team and impressed the coaches as she went on to secure a silver medal.

A subsequent assessment with the GB Boxing squad revealed that Lisa could safely compete at the lighter flyweight category and she joined the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) as a full-time athlete in 2013.

Lisa’s career highlight came at the 2014 World Championships in Korea where she won a silver medal and narrowly missed out on the gold losing a very tight split decision to Marlen Esparza of the USA.

When she is in camp Lisa enjoys sharing a house with fellow team mates 60kg Sandy Ryan and 75kg Natasha Gale.

Peter McGrail

Bantamweight

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Luke McCormack

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 8th June 1995
Weight: 60kg
Height: 5’8”
Club: Birtley Boxing Club
Home Town: Washington, Tyne and Wear
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/luke_mc1

Achievements:

  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Gold

 

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 A member of Birtley Boxing Club since he was 12-years-old, Luke boasts a prolific set of achievements, including England Boxing Schools and Junior titles as a young boxer.  He also competed at the 2011 AIBA World Junior Championships.

In 2015, Luke and his brother Pat became only the second pair of twins to win England Boxing Elite national titles on the same day equalling the achievement of Darran and Stewart Langley in 2005. Having taken part in competitions together all of their lives, the brothers continued their journey by joining the GB Boxing squad at the same time.

A member of the British Lionhearts squad for the 2016 World Series of Boxing, Luke won three of his four bouts, his sole defeat coming in the final against Cuba’s multiple world champion, Lazaro Alvarez.

When he is not with the Podium squad in Sheffield, Luke returns to Birtley Boxing Club to continue his training at weekends.

Sandy Ryan

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 16 September 1993
Weight: 60kg
Height: 5’9”
Club: One Nation Pegasus ABC
Home Town: Derby
Club Coach: Clifton Mitchell
http://www.twitter.com/sandyryan93

Achievements:

  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championship - Gold
  • 2015 European Games, Baku – Bronze
  • 2014 AIBA World Championships, Jeju City – Silver
  • 2013 England Boxing Elite National Championship – Gold

 

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Sandy was inspired to take up boxing watching her older brother Dave, who is a professional boxer, and first went to a gym when she was 15.  She had her first bout aged 18 and won her first England Boxing National Elite title a year later.

In 2014 she joined the GB Boxing squad and was swiftly promoted to the Podium group.  Her career highlight came at the 2014 World Championships in Jeju City where she won a light-welterweight silver medal in her first ever major international championship.

A year later, she secured bronze at the European Games in Baku.  She won her second England Boxing title in 2016 and has her sight firmly set on competing in Olympic lightweight category for GB Boxing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

When she is not boxing Sandy enjoys going out for food and going to the cinema. She’s well known in camp for her love of ice cream and smoothies.  Like many of her teammates, Sandy’s boxing idol is Muhammad Ali.

Cyrus Pattinson

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 6 April 1994
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5’9”
Club: Birtley Boxing Club
Home Town: Alnwick, Northumberland
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/CyrusPattinson1

Achievements:

  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Silver

 

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Cyrus started boxing when he was twelve years-old and had his first bout a year later.

A graduate of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Boxing programme at Gateshead College, Pattinson rocketed into the national stages of the England Boxing Elite Nationla Championships in 2015 as a relative unknown outside of Northumberland boxing circles.  In April 2015, he caused a major upset in the semi-finals of the competition by beating Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald. Despite losing in the final to reigning champion Connor Loftus, his performances in Liverpool helped propel the Alnwick boxer onto greater things.

A month after his defeat in Liverpool, Pattinson won the GB Elite Three Nations at Magna in Rotherham, earning himself a place on the England Boxing Elite Squad, and in November he avenged his Elite Championships defeat by finally beating Loftus in the GB Boxing Championships in Sheffield.

He is now a full time member of the GB Boxing squad and competed for the British Lionhearts team that finished second in the 2016 season of the World Series of Boxing.

Natasha Gale

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 13 May 1998
Weight: 75kg
Height: 6’0”
Club: Jubilee Boxing Club, Sheffield
Home Town: Leeds
Club Coach: Robert Riley
http://www.twitter.com/Ngboxer2020Gale

Achievements:

  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Gold
  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Gold

 

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 A relative latecomer to boxing, Natasha first pulled on the gloves in 2012 having recently graduated from university.

With only six bouts under her belt - one of them a win in the 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships - she secured a place on the GB Boxing programme.

Despite her inexperience, Natasha has enjoyed much success on the international circuit and her career highpoint came in September 2015 when she defeated former world championships silver medallist Li Qian of China at the President’s Cup in Turkey.

In 2016 Natasha won her second national title when she beat Repton Boxing Club’s Nikoletta Paksi in the finals of the England Boxing Elite Championships. She went on to win a second GB Elite Three Nations gold medal soon afterwards with a win over Wales’ Lauren Price.

With the 75kg spot for Rio 2016 filled by Savannah Marshall, Natasha has her sights firmly set on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Frazer Clarke

Super Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 7th August 1991
Weight: 91kg+
Height: 6’5”
Club: Burton Amateur Boxing Club
Home Town: Burton
Club Coach: Richard Joyce
http://www.twitter.com/BigFrazeBoxer

Achievements:

  • 2015 Olympic Test Event, Rio de Janeiro – Gold
  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold

 

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A veteran of the GB Boxing squad, Frazer started boxing at the age of 11. He joined the GB Boxing Development squad in 2010 and in March of that year he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in Delhi.

A member of the British Lionhearts squad for the 2016 World Series of Boxing, Frazer was a favourite with spectators and won all five of his contests.  They included a series of stoppages and a victory over Leinier Pero of the Cuba Domodores in the final of the competition.

A high class performer on the international stage with a proven track-record, Frazer won gold in the Olympic Games Test Event in Rio in December 2016.  He was narrowly pipped to a place at Rio by his friend and colleague Joe Joyce, who secured the only slot available at super-heavyweight when he qualified for Great Britain at the European Qualification event in Samsun, Turkey in April 2016.

Calum French

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 25 August 1995
Weight: 60kg
Height: 5’7”
Club: Birtley ABC
Home Town: Gateshead
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.twitter.com/calumfrench_

Achievements:

  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold
  • 2015 Three Nations Championships – Gold
  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold
  • 2012 England Junior and Youth National Championships - Gold

 

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Calum first became interested in boxing through watching ‘The Contender’ series on television and decided to try out the sport at his local club with his brother.

He quickly showed a natural ability for boxing and at 14-years-old he won the England Boxing National junior title, which he followed-up a year later by winning the England Boxing Junior and Youth National Championships.   His success in the junior and youth ranks translated to the seniors and in 2015 he won the first of his two England Boxing Elite National Championship titles.

Calum joined GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad in 2015 and after a series of impressive performances he was promoted to the Podium group in April 2016.  Although he was not part of the Team GB squad for Rio, he was one of two boxers from the GB Boxing programme that were selected to go to Rio with UK Sport as part of its Athlete Ambition Programme.

Like most boxers Calum says that the thing he enjoys most about boxing is winning and knowing that all of the hard work and sacrifices made through both training and personal lifestyle have paid off.

When he is not boxing Calum enjoys relaxing with friends and holidays in the sun. His favourite boxers are Floyd Mayweather, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko.