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London 2012 boxing ring finds a new home in Sheffield
Page last updated at 12:44PM GMT, Wednesday, 05 December 2012
The boxing ring where Nicola Adams, Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell won historic gold medals at London 2012 has a new home in Sheffield.
It is a permanent reminder of the squad’s medal winning moments at London 2012 and a great inspiration to all the boxers who train here.
The 6.1m x 6.1 ring has been installed at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield after being relocated from the ExCeL, and will now be used by GB Boxing’s Podium and Development squads and the newly formed British Lionhearts for training ahead of Rio 2016.
A total of 286 boxers in 13 weight categories competed in the London 2012 ring over 16 days of competition during the London Olympics.
Team GB boxers Fred Evans and Anthony Ogogo also celebrated medal success in the ring, winning silver and bronze respectively, in what was British boxing’s best performance at an Olympic Games for 104 years.
The GB Boxing gym at EIS Sheffield now boasts three Olympic size rings and four training rings.
Paul Hudson, general manager of EIS Sheffield, said: “We are extremely proud to be the new home for this iconic sporting arena, which played host to so many superb Team GB moments at London 2012.
“The set up and facilities in the GB Boxing gym are first-class and the addition of the Olympic Games boxing only enhances to the quality of the set up here at EIS Sheffield.”
EIS Sheffield has been home to GB Boxing for the last seven years.
The squad came away from the London 2012 Olympic Games with five medals in total moving them up to fourth in the AIBA World Rankings.
Anthony Joshua said: “It is brilliant having the Olympic ring here at our gym. It is a permanent reminder of the squad’s medal winning moments at London 2012 and a great inspiration to all the boxers who train here.”