Galal Yafai

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 11 December 1992
Weight: 52kg
Height: 5’5”
Club: Birmingham City ABC, Birmingham
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: Frank O’Sullivan
http://www.twitter.com/galal_yafai

Achievements:

  •  2019 European Games - Bronze
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver

 

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Born in Birmingham, Galal is part of a well-known boxing family whose 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.

In 2015 Galal was working at a Land Rover factory in his hometown and pursuing a fledgling career in boxing. He won that year’s England Boxing national championships and after impressing at a series of assessments, he joined the GB Boxing squad in October.

Less than 10 months later, he completed a meteoric rise when he boxed for Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where he was unlucky not to make the latter stages of the competition after narrowly losing out on a split decision to Cuba’s highly experienced, eventual bronze medallist, Joahnys Argilagos, in the round of 16.

Following his experience in Rio, Galal decided to stay with GB Boxing for the Tokyo cycle and in 2017 he won a silver medal at the European championship in Ukraine. This secured him a spot at the world championships later that year, where he reached the last 16.

In 2018, Galal was one of Team England’s standout boxers as he eased to a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast unanimously winning four consecutive bouts without ever looking troubled. A second European championship medal followed in 2019 when he took light-flyweight bronze at the European Games in Minsk.

In the same year, it was announced that the 49kg light-flyweight category would be removed from the Olympic Games, so Galal was forced to move-up a weight class to flyweight.

In his first major tournament at the new weight, he produced a stunning performance to defeat the top seed and defending champion, Yosvany Veitía of Cuba, in the last 16 of the 2019 world championships, before succumbing to Billal Bennama of France in the quarter-final.

The performance showed that Galal could compete successfully at the bigger weight and in March 2020, he unanimously defeated Rasul Saliev of Russia at the Boxing Road to Tokyo qualification event in London, to guarantee himself a place at a second Olympic Games, which (following the Coronavirus outbreak) will now take place in Tokyo in 2021.

Kiaran MacDonald

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 30 April 1997
Weight: 52kg
Height: 5"6
Club: Sunderland ABC
Home Town: Sunderland
Club Coach: Joe Purvis

Achievements:

  • 2017 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Gold
  • 2016 England Boxing Elite National Championships - Gold

Will Cawley

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 06/09/1997
Weight: 52kg
Height: 171cm
Club: Oldham Boxing Club
Home Town: Oldham
Club Coach: Eric Noi
http://www.twitter.com/@Willcawley6

Achievements:

  • 2018 Mens EU Championship - Silver
  • 2017 European Under 22 Championships – Bronze

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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.

Peter McGrail

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 31/05/1996
Weight: 56kg
Height: 5'6"
Club: Everton Red Triangle
Home Town: Liverpool
Club Coach: Paul Stevenson
http://www.twitter.com/@peter_mcgrail

Achievements:

  • 2019 World Championship - Bronze
  • 2019 European Games - Bronze
  • 2018 Mens EU Championship - Silver
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2017 World Championships - Bronze
  • 2017 European Championships - Gold

Peter joined the GB Boxing squad as a youth boxer in 2014, and has since gone on to become one of  the most decorated boxers on the world class performance programme.

2017 was Peter’s most successful year where he collected a series of medals in some of boxing’s most prestigious tournaments.  In March he won silver at the U22 European Championships.  In June, he went one better when he became the first boxers from Liverpool to win the European Championship, when he defeated Ukraine’s Mykola Butsenko in the final.  He finished the year with a bronze medal at the world championships in Hamburg.

Peter admits that when he first started boxing at 10-years-old it was purely to have a laugh with his friends outside of school.  But after only one week of training with Everton Red Triangle, the coaches told his Dad that Peter would one day be a national champion.

Peter has his first bout at the age of 11 and by 2015 he was a six-time national champion.

When he is not in the gym, or travelling the world with the GB team, Peter is a huge Everton fan and supports his local team when possible.

Peter represented England at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia earlier this year, adding another gold medal to his already more than impressive boxing CV. His ultimate goal is to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Niall Farrell

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 06/09/1997
Weight: 56kg
Height: 172cm
Club: Kingstanding 2nd City ABC
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: Paddy Farrell
http://www.twitter.com/wacka_farrell

Achievements:

  • 2017 European Championships, Ukraine - Silver

Mickey McDonagh

Light welterweight

Date of Birth: 18/08/1998
Weight: 64kg
Height: 174cm
Club: Merlins Bridge ABC
Home Town: Pembroke
Club Coach: Graham Brockway
http://www.twitter.com/@mickey_boxer1

Achievements:

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Bronze

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:

  • 2017 European Championships - Bronze

 

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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.

2017 was another successful year for Calum which saw him medal at his first ever European Championships, where he brought home a bronze medal and joined nine of his teammates in qualifying for the 2017 World Championships.

2018 saw Calum represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, he narrowly missed out on his place in the semi-finals, after losing to India's Manish Kaushik in the quarterfinal stages of the competition.

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:

  •  2019 European Games - Bronze
  •  2019 Mens EU Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast - Bronze
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver

 

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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. Luke has continued to compete for the British Lionhearts for their 2017 and 2018 season.

He was one of twelve boxers selected by Team England to represent his country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where he secured a bronze medal.

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

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:

  •  • 2015 European Championships - Silver
    • 2017 European Championships - Silver
    • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
    • 2019 European Games - Gold
    • 2019 World Championship - Silver

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Pat is one of the most decorated and experienced boxers in the GB Boxing squad and has won medals at four major championships and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games. He is the reigning European champion, having won gold at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, and took silver at the 2019 world championships in Russia, where he was cruelly denied gold when a clash of head caused the bout to be stopped in the second round with Pat narrowly behind on the judges’ scorecards.

Pat started boxing as a schoolboy at Birtley ABC and has an outstanding pedigree, having won titles at every levels of the sport including the 2011 junior world 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 a national crown. The pair joined the GB Boxing squad in 2014 when Pat went on to represent England at that year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The following year Pat won silver at the 2015 European championships in Bulgaria and having secured qualification for Rio, he represented Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games where he competed at light-welterweight. He defeated Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan in his opening contest and was unfortunate to lose on a split-decision to the number two seed, Yasniel Toledo of Cuba, in the last 16.

Post-Rio, Pat made the decision to stay with GB Boxing for a second Olympic cycle and, having moved up a weight division to welterweight, he has gone from strength-to-strength and is now widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading boxers in the amateur code.

He starred for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) for three seasons from 2016-2018 where he enjoyed an unbeaten 6-0 record.

In 2017 he won a second European championship silver and a year later he took gold for Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. It was part of a run of form that saw Pat go nearly two years without defeat. It took in his gold at the 2019 European Games in Minsk and only came to an end in the 2019 world championship final when he was denied the opportunity to become only the second British man in history to be crowned world champion.

Harris Akbar

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 09/12/1998
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5'9"
Club: Bradford Police and College
Home Town: Bradford
Club Coach: Mally Maciver
http://www.twitter.com/@TeamAkbar

Achievements

  • 2018 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2018 England National Champion – Gold
  • 2017 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2017 England National Championships – Gold
  • 2016 European Youth Championships – Silver
  • 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games – Gold

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Harris, born in Bradford, was a massive martial arts fan as a child. His boxing journey began when a local coach came into his Dad’s butcher’s shop and asked him to bring Harris down to see if he liked it. A vey enthusiastic Harris went down and wanted to get involved straight away.

After finding his right weight division, everything started to click. Harris used his dedication to earn a call up to the Yorkshire squad, which then resulted in him gaining the colours for England. In 2017, GB Boxing asked Harris to come for an assessment. Akbar was already a medallist at the European Youth Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and ranked in the top 3 for amateurs at 69kg.

Harris who has joined the programme in the last year has produced back to back GB Boxing championship gold medals in 2017-18.

Akbar uses pervious boxers who have been on the programme like Anthony Joshua and Joshua Buatsi as a motivation to keep pushing to his ultimate dreams. Harris hopes that his boxing career will let him open up his own gym.

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/@CyrusRamone

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.

Mark Dickinson

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 07/07/1999
Weight: 75kg
Height: 5'10"
Club: Birtley ABC
Home Town: Durham
Club Coach: Graham Rutherford

Achievements

  • 2017 European Youth Championships – Gold
  • 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games – Gold

Sammy Lee

Light Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 14/01/1999
Weight: 81kg
Height: 5'10"
Club: Premier ABC
Home Town: Neath Abbey
Club Coach: Stephen Brophy
http://www.twitter.com/@sammylee173

Achievements

  • 2019 European U22 Championship - Silver
  • 2018 Mens EU Championship - Bronze
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Gold

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Born in Neath Abbey, 20 miles outside of Swansea, Sammy Lee has come from a family of boxers. Bursting onto the scene in 2015 at the Welsh championships, he quickly earnt his place in the top five youth world rankings.

Joining the GB Boxing team in October 2017, Sammy spent only a few months on the podium potential squad before he impressed the coaching team and was promoted to the podium squad where he would then train in Sheffield four days a week.

In 2017, at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, he won gold with some very impressive victories.

Sammy then travelled with Team Wales to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Defeating Reagan Ssimbwa of Uganda in the quarter finals, he moved onto Clay Waterman in the semi finals and again provided a brilliant performance. In the final, Sammy came up against Samoan Ato Faoagali, in a unanimous victory Sammy brought home the Gold medal.

Ben Whittaker

Light-heavyweight

Date of Birth: 06/06/1997
Weight: 81kg
Height: 5'11"
Club: Firewalker Olympic Boxing Club
Home Town: Darlaston
Club Coach: Tony Wilson and Joby Clayton
http://www.twitter.com/@BenGWhittaker

Achievements:

  •  2019 World Championship - Bronze
  •  2019 European Games - Silver

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Ben is the leading light-heavyweight in the GB Boxing squad. After moving up a weight class from middleweight he enjoyed the best year of his career in 2019, winning silver at the European Games in June and bronze at the world championships in September.

The medals were his first podium places at major international tournaments and delivered on the rich promise that had seen him win back-to-back England Boxing national titles in in his first two years as a senior boxer and earnt him a place in the GB Boxing squad at the age of 19.

A resident of Wednesbury in the West Midlands, Ben began boxing aged seven and had his first bout at the age of 12. Known for his smooth footwork, Ben attributes his ‘easy on the eye’ style to his father who made him do dance as part of his training regime and got him to watch old tapes of the great Cuban boxers of the past. Outside of the ring, he enjoys music and records his own material, under the name B£NZO.

Lewis Williams

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 24/12/1998
Weight: 91kg
Height: 6'2"
Club: Cleary’s Boxing Gym
Home Town: Leamington Spa
Club Coach: Edwin Cleary

Achievements

  • 2018 GB Elite Three Nations Championships – Gold
  • 2018 England Elite National Championships – Gold

Scott Forrest

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 23/08/1994
Weight: 91kg
Height: 6'1"
Club: Lochend ABC
Home Town: Lanark
Club Coach: Terry McCormack
http://www.twitter.com/@ScottForrest94

Achievements

  • 2016 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2016 Scottish National Championships – Gold
  • 2015 Scottish National Championships – Gold
  • 2014 Scottish National Championships – Gold

Cheavon Clarke

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 14/12/1990
Weight: 91kg
Height: 6'0"
Club: Gravesham ABC
Home Town: Gravesend
Club Coach: Lenny Trusty, Jason Weeks, Rebecca Donnelly
http://www.twitter.com/c4chev

Achievements:

  •  • 2017 European Championships – Silver
    • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Bronze
    • 2019 European Games - Bronze

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In 2015 Cheavon (Chev) Clarke was working as a HGV driver, delivering products for B&Q and Homebase, having given up boxing following a disappointing Commonwealth Games in 2014, when he competed for his native Jamaica.

Today he is a member of the GB Boxing squad, a two-time European Championship medallist, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and ranked number four in the world.

Chev’s turnaround began in 2016 when he was persuaded to box again by his coach Jason Weeks. He won that year’s England Boxing and GB Boxing Championships and earnt an assessment for the GB Boxing squad, which led to him being added to the world class performance programme in January 2017.

A hard-hitting puncher with a come-forward style, he quickly established himself as the top heavyweight in the squad and went on to claim silver at the 2017 European Championships. He boxed for Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he won a bronze medal and in June 2019 he did the same for Team GB at the European Games in Minsk.

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Chev moved to England at the age of 11. He had his first bout at 18 and competes for Gravesham ABC. He is also an ambassador for the charity, Fight4Change, which uses sport to inspire and educate young people and adults to make a positive change in their lives.

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:

  •  2018 Mens EU Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2017 European Championships - Silver
  • 2015 Olympic Test Event – 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.

2017 saw Frazer collect a silver medal in the European Championships, despite having a severe hamstring injury, it was here that Frazer secured his place into the World Championships, however was unable to compete due to his leg injury.

It was on the Gold Coast in Australia where Frazer showed the crowd what he was capable of, and became the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Solomon Dacres

Super Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 25/10/1993
Weight: 91kg+
Height: 6'5"
Club: Warley ABC
Home Town: Birmingham
Club Coach: John Nash
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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.

Tori-Ellis Willetts

Flyweight

Date of Birth: 25/05/1995
Weight: 51kg
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Club: British Army Boxing Team
Home Town: Nuneaton
Club Coach: Ben Stewart
http://www.twitter.com/toriellis_xo

Achievements:

  • 2019 English ABA National Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Great Britain Elite Three Nations - Gold

Karriss Artingstall

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 23/11/1994
Weight: 57kg
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Club: British Army Boxing Team
Home Town: Macclesfield
Club Coach: Ben Stewart
http://www.twitter.com/karriss_imogen https://www.instagram.com/karriss_artingstall/

Achievements: 

  •  2019 Women's World Championship - Bronze
  •  2019 Women's European Championship  - Silver

 

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After joining GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad in 2018, Karriss enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2019 in which she established herself as an elite international boxer on the world stage.

In September 2019 she won a silver medal at the European championships in Madrid defeating the highly experienced Bulgarian, Stanimira Petrova and home nation favourite, Jennifer Romero Fernandez, on the way to her first medal at a major international tournament.

A month later she won a bronze medal at the world championships in Russia. Showing the best form of her career, Karriss, looked on course for the final until she was controversially defeated 4-1 in her semi-final by Nesty Petecio of the Philippines, in a bout which many observers felt Karriss had won convincingly.

It marked a meteoric rise for the Macclesfield born boxer who is a Gunner in the British Army and started in the sport by competing for the British Army Boxing Team.

She was one of seven Army boxers to make it to the finals in the 2018 England Boxing Elite National Championships where she won the featherweight title that first secured her an assessment with GB Boxing.

Although she now trains full-time as part of GB Boxing’s Podium squad in Sheffield, Karriss is still a registered soldier and credits the Army with helping her find the right direction in life.
She was selected to compete at featherweight at the Road to Tokyo Boxing qualifier in London but did not get to box, as the event was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak. She now has her sights set on qualifying for the Olympic Games in Tokyo which will take place in 2021.

Caroline Dubois

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 11/01/2001
Weight: 60kg
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Club: Repton Boxing Club
Home Town: London
Club Coach: Kevin Wing
https://www.instagram.com/__carolinedubois1/

Achievements:

  • 2019 European Women's Youth Championship - Gold
  • 2018 Youth Olympic Games - Gold
  • 2018 World Women Youth Championship - Gold

 

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London born Caroline joined the GB Boxing squad in the latter part of 2019 at the age of 18, following an outstanding career as a junior and youth boxer in which she was undefeated.

In 2018 she won gold at the World Youth Championships and the Youth Olympic Games. In her final tournament as a youth boxer, she won lightweight (60kg) gold at the 2019 European Youth Championships in Sofia, to secure the fourth European title of her fledgling career.

She joined the GB Boxing squad soon after, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Daniel Dubois, who spent two years as part of the world class performance programme before he turned professional in 2016.

In December 2019 she was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and after making a strong impression in her first few months in the GB Boxing squad she was selected to compete in the first Olympic qualifying event in London In March 2020.

In her first bout as a senior, she unanimously defeated Ala Staradub of Belarus, however Caroline was not able to make any further progress as the event was suspended two days later owing to the Coronavirus situation, which ultimately led to the Tokyo Olympics being postponed until 2021, which Caroline has now set her sights on.

Paige Murney

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 21/01/1995
Weight: 60kg
Height: 5'6"
Club: Leicester Unity
Home Town: Leicester
Club Coach: Ajmal Butt
http://www.twitter.com/@PaigeMurney

Achievements

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Silver
  • 2017 Women’s EU Championships – Bronze

Rosie Eccles

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 23/07/1996
Weight: 69kg
Height: 5'7"
Club: Pontypool ABC
Home Town: Cardiff
Club Coach: Colin Jones
http://www.twitter.com/@Rosie_Eccles96

Achievements

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Silver
  • 2016 Women’s European Championships – Silver

 

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:

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia - Gold
  • 2016 European Championships - Bronze
  • 2015 European Games – Bronze

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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 and won her second England Boxing title in 2016.

Sandy was selected to represent Team England in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, it was here on Gold Coast where she really put her name on the map, when she beat Rosie Eccles of Wales to become a gold medallist.

Her sight is now firmly set on competing in the Olympics 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
http://www.twitter.com/@LLPrice94

Achievements:

  •  • 2014 Commonwealth Games - Bronze
    • 2016 European Championships - Bronze
    • 2018 Commonwealth Games - Gold
    • 2018 Women's European Championships - Bronze
    • 2018 Women's World Championships - Bronze
    • 2019 European Games - Gold
    • 2019 Women's World Championships - Gold

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In 2014 Lauren faced a dilemma. Choose to continue an international football career that may lead to the World Cup or embark on a new career in boxing and aim for the Olympic Games.

Buoyed by a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she opted for boxing. And it has proven to be a very good decision as she is now the most decorated female boxer in the GB Boxing squad and the reigning world champion.

Born in the Welsh town of Ystrad Mynch in Caerphilly, Lauren was a multi-talented all-round sportsperson from a young age and was a world champion Kickboxer at the age of 12. At 16, she spent six months as part of the world class programme for Taekwondo after being scouted via the Fighting Chance talent campaign.

A talented footballer, she also played more than 100 games for Cardiff City FC’s women’s team and won 52 international caps playing for Wales after making her debut at the age of 16.

Her dream though had always been to go to the Olympic Games and after her success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she committed to boxing. A bronze medal followed at the 2016 European Championships and by the end of the year she had become a member of the GB Boxing squad.

In 2018 she had had a great year winning gold at Commonwealth Games followed by bronze at both the European and world championships.

This paved the way for a spectacular twelve months in 2019 which saw her become only the third women from Great Britain, and the first from Wales, to win the world championship, when she defeated Nouchka Fontijn of Holland in a dramatic final.

Her victory in the world championship followed a gold medal winning performance at the 2019 European Games in June and was part of a run that saw Lauren remain unbeaten throughout the calendar year which she finished as the number one ranked female middleweight in the world.