Rio 2016 Squad

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.

Will Cawley

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 06/09/1997
Weight: 52kg
Height: 171cm
Club: Oldham Boxing Club
Home Town: Oldham
Club Coach: Eric Noi
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Achievements:

  • 2017 European Under 22 Championships – Bronze
  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold

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Will started boxing when he was 11-years-old and won his first title as a youth at the age of 15.

In 2015, he was named in England’s first ever youth squad and went on to compete at a number of international tournaments, most notably the Brandenburg Youth Cup, where he won the gold medal on his 18th birthday.

In his first competition as a senior Will won the 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool and less than one year later he secured his first medal at a major international tournament when he took flyweight bronze at the 2017 European Under-22 Championships in Romania.

In 2017, he made a successful debut for the British Lionhearts team as he helped them to overcome the France Fighting Roosters in the quarter-final of the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

When he is not training in Sheffield, Will enjoys relaxing at home and playing football.

Niall Farrell

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 06/09/1997
Weight: 52kg
Height: 172cm
Club: Kingstanding 2nd City ABC
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: Paddy Farrell
http://www.twitter.com/wacka_farrell

Peter McGrail

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 31/05/1996
Weight: 56kg
Height: 173cm
Club: Everton Red Triangle
Home Town: Liverpool
Club Coach: Paul Stevenson
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Lee McGregor

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 24/12/1996
Weight: 56kg
Height: 174cm
Club: Meadowbank ABC
Home Town: Dalkeith
Club Coach: John McCarron
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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.

Luke McCormack

Light-welterweight

Date of Birth: 8th June 1995
Weight: 64kg
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.

Conor Loftus

Light welterweight

Date of Birth: 06/09/1994
Weight: 64kg
Height: 173cm
Club: Burmantofts ABC
Home Town: Leeds
Club Coach: Phil Sellers
http://www.twitter.com/boxerloftus94

Achievements:

  • 2016 GB Championships – Silver
  • 2015 Three Nations – Bronze
  • 2015 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold
  • 2014 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold

 

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Conor joined the GB Boxing squad in 2015 and has gone to win medals at a series of international tournaments including Finland’s 2016 Tammer Tournament (bronze), Macedonia’s 2016 Golden Gong (silver) and Lithuania’s 2016 Socikas tournament (gold).

He has also competed for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and won three bouts in the 2017 season.

Born in Leeds, Conor began boxing at the age of 10.  He is a two-time national champion and in 2016, he was one of eight boxers that travelled to Rio as sparring partners for the team of boxers that qualified to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games.

Conor says that this experience is what now spurs him on through training as he bids to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Outside of the sport Conor enjoys photography, fishing and films.

Dalton Smith

Light-welterweight

Date of Birth: 08/02/1997
Weight: 64kg
Height: 177cm
Club: Steel City ABC
Home Town: Sheffield
Club Coach: Grant Smith
http://www.twitter.com/daltonsmith08

Achievements:

  • 2016 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2016 England Elite National Championships – Bronze
  • 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games – Bronze
  • 2014 European Youth Championships – Silver

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Dalton joined the GB Boxing squad in 2016 and, in his first year, he was one of eight athletes selected to travel with the Olympic boxers to Rio as sparring partners in the run-up to the Games.

He also competed for the British Lionhearts in the 2016 season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and finished the year by winning the GB Boxing Championship which was held in his hometown of Sheffield.

Dalton was introduced to boxing at the age of five by his dad, who has gone on to train him ever since and is the owner and head coach of Steel City ABC in Sheffield.

He won his first bout at a club show on his eleventh birthday and two years later he secured his first title by winning the Schoolboy Championships.

When Dalton is not in the gym, he likes to spend his spare time fishing which helps him to relax and switch-off from boxing.

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Pat McCormack

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 8 June 1995
Weight: 69kg
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.

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.

Ben Whittaker

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 06/06/1997
Weight: 75kg
Height: 190cm
Club: Firewalker Olympic Boxing Club
Home Town: Darlaston
Club Coach: Tony Wilson and Joby Clayton
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John Docherty

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 30/09/1997
Weight: 75kg
Height: 187cm
Club: Byron ABC
Home Town: Montrose
Club Coach: Tony Kerr
http://www.twitter.com/johndoc56

Thomas Whittaker-Hart

Light-heavyweight

Date of Birth: 21/03/1995
Weight: 81kg
Height: 195cm
Club: Rotunda ABC
Home Town: Liverpool
Club Coach: Mikey Albo
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Cheavon Clarke

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 14/12/1990
Weight: 91kg
Height: 180cm
Club: Gravesham ABC
Home Town: Gravesend
Club Coach: Lenny Trusty, Jason Weeks, Rebecca Donnelly
http://www.twitter.com/c4chev

Achievements:

  • 2017 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold
  • 2016 GB Boxing Championships – Gold

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Cheavon (or Chev as he is known by his teammates at GB Boxing) first started boxing at 18-years-old when he got involved with the Fight 4 Change charity at Gravesham boxing club.

The appeal of boxing was that you get out what you put in and Chev preferred it to other sports, such as football, where he had become frustrated by playing with teammates who did not put in as much effort as he did.

Now an ambassador for Fight 4 Change, Chev has taken part in many visits for the charity and spoken at the Houses of Parliament and met Prince Charles.

His biggest career achievement to-date was wining the England Boxing elite national finals in 2017.  He joined the GB Boxing squad soon after and was promoted to the Podium Squad later the same year.

Solomon Dacres

Super Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 25/10/1993
Weight: 91kg+
Height: 198cm
Club: Warley ABC
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: John Nash
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Achievements:

  • 2017 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Gold
  • 2016 GB Boxing Championships – Silver
  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships – Bronze

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Solomon first took up boxing as a 15-year-old, however he stopped after six months and only returned to the sport at the age of twenty when he decided to put the gloves back on and have his first competitive bout.

He won a bronze medal in the 2016 National Championships and twelve months later he returned to win the crown for the first time.

He joined the GB Boxing squad in April 2017 and had his first international bout one month later when he won dramatic tie-break contest in quarter-finals of the World Series Boxing to secure a 6-5 victory for the British Lionhearts over the France Fighting Roosters at London’s York Hall.

When asked what he loves most about boxing, Solomon admits that seeing the results from training and being in great shape are quite addictive. He also loves the feeling of being victorious at the end of a fight.

Away from the gym, Solomon enjoys hanging out with friends and playing the PlayStation 4.

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.

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.

Sandy Ryan

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 16 September 1993
Weight: 69kg
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.

Lauren Price

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 25/06/1994
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5'7"
Club: Pontypool
Home Town: Ystrad Mynach
Club Coach: Mark James
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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.