Boxers from the GB Boxing Squad representing their home nations; England, Scotland and Wales waited in anticipation as the first step of their path for Gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games was revealed.
The boxing draw took place this afternoon, 3 April at the CGV Media Centre, Australia. Revealing that 49kg Aqeel Ahmed (SCO), 60kg Mickey McDonagh (WAL), 60kg Calum French (ENG), 69kg Pat McCormack (ENG), 75kg Benjamin Whittaker (ENG), 91kg Cheavon Clarke (ENG), 91kg+ Frazer Clarke (ENG), 69kg Sandy Ryan (ENG), 75kg Lauren Price (WAL) and 75kg Natasha Gale (ENG) have each received a bye to the second round of the games.
Boxing will commence on Thursday 5 April, and will be opened by the men’s light welterweight competition. The first boxing session will begin at 1200 Australian time (0300 GMT).
There is a total number of sixteen medal events for the boxers, with 10 men’s and 6 women’s events.
Boxing Draw – GB Boxers
49kg Galal Yafai (ENG) v 49kg Simplice Fotsala (CMR)
(BYE) 49kg Aqeel Ahmed (SCO) – will box IND or GHA
56kg Peter McGrail (ENG) v 56kg Benson Njangiru (KEN)
(BYE) 60kg Michael McDonagh (WAL) v 60kg Qhobosheane Mohlerepe (LES)
(BYE) 60kg Calum French (ENG) v 60kg Ali Ahmad (PAK)
64kg Luke McCormack (ENG) v 64kg Kavuma Ssemujju (UGA)
(BYE) 69kg Pat McCormack (ENG) – will box GRN or SEY
75kg John Docherty (SCO) v 75kg Jean Alberte (MRI)
(BYE) 75kg Benjamin Whittaker (ENG) – will box NIU or CAY
91kg Scott Forrest (SCO) v 91kg Elly Ochola (KEN)
(BYE) 91kg Cheavon Clarke (ENG) – will box KEN or SCO
(BYE) 91kg+ Frazer Clarke (ENG) v 91kg+ Toese Vou Siutu (AUS)
51kg Lisa Whiteside (ENG) v 51kg Pinki Rani (IND)
60kg Paige Murney (ENG) v Soma Laizani (PNG)
(BYE) 69kg Sandy Ryan (ENG) v 69kg Loulina Borgohain (IND)
(BYE) 75kg Lauren Price (WAL) v 75kg Rady Gramane (MOZ)
(BYE) 75kg Natasha Gale (ENG) v 75kg Caitlin Parker (AUS)
The full schedule with dates and timings for the above bouts will follow.
The Gold Coast 2018 will host a grand total of 18 sport disciplines and 7 para-sports throughout the 10 day competition.
Further information on the team and their progress at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be available at www.gbboxing.org.uk and by following the team @gbboxing on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
A full games schedule can be found here.