A six medal haul at the recent Bocksai Memorial tournament in Hungary contained positive signs for the immediate and long-term health of Great Britain’s Olympic boxing programme.
The tournament featured a show of strength from GB Boxing’s established names as Tokyo prospects, Frazer Clarke (gold), Lewis Richardson (gold) and Lauren Price (silver) warmed-up for the forthcoming Olympic qualifier in Paris (4-8 June 2021) with medal winning performances.
And, in a development that augurs well for the long term health of Great Britain’s Olympic boxing programme, the exploits of the senior boxers were matched by a series of eye-catching performances from rookies Harvey Lambert, Nico Leivars and Gemma Richardson who all won a medal in their first international tournaments as part of the GB Boxing squad.
At welterweight, Hull’s Harvey Lambert boxed four times to secure the gold medal. The 23 year old boxers for the same club, St Paul’s Boxing Academy, as London 2012 gold medallist, Luke Campbell, and hopes to one day emulate his achievements.
Mansfield’s Nico Leivars, 21, took bronze In the featherweight division whilst Scunthorpe’s Gemma Richardson, 19, won lightweight bronze in her first competition as a senior.
All three paid tribute to the GB Boxing coaches and their senior colleagues in helping them to assimilate successfully to the demands of elite international boxing.
Lambert said: “The senior boxers all made us feel at home. I can’t believe how much of a team feeling we had. When you are with a group of people like that you feel you cannot fail.”
Richardson said: “Having the senior coaches in my corner was a great experience. I haven’t worked with them much before, so to have them in my corner, have advice from them and work together with them was amazing.”
Leivars added: “As your first tournament away with GB Boxing you could get a bit nervous, but you felt as if you had so many people around you with experience, calmness and composure that it was constantly enjoyable and there was never a moment that I did feel nervous. It was such a good environment to be part of.”
The full interviews with all three boxers can be viewed at: