Colchester’s Lewis Richardson becomes 6th member of GB Boxing squad to secure qualification at Paris 2024

By 7th June 2024News

LEWIS Richardson became the 6th member of the GB Boxing squad to secure a place at Paris 2024 when he defeated Puerto Rico’s Angel Gabriel Llanos Perez via unanimous points decision at the Boxing Road to Paris world qualification event in Bangkok, Thailand.

The victory for the Colchester boxer was his fourth in six days and means he will join teammates Charley Davison, Rosie Eccles, Chantelle Reid, Pat Brown and Delicious Orie in Paris this July with all five having earned their quota places at the two previous qualification events in Krakow (European Games, 2023) and Busto Arsizio (Italy, 2024).

It marks an incredible journey for Richardson who missed out on qualification for Tokyo 2020 before then seeing his natural weight (75kg) removed from the Games but the southpaw persevered on his Olympic dream, bouncing back from losing in his opening bout in Busto Arisizio to now become the team’s sixth Olympian during this Paris cycle.

Richardson said: “It feels unbelievable. I’ve got the golden ticket after putting years and years of hard work into it and I’m just really proud of myself for making it happen.

“I’ve had a lot of setbacks and I’m so thankful for everyone who has contributed along the way. I’ve had so many people support me from: back home in Colchester, in Sheffield, at GB Boxing and they’ve all helped me fulfil a dream and I’m over the moon.

“I’ve had so many peaks and troughs. I’ve had success along the way and there has been more ups than downs, but the downs hit you hard. I missed out at the first qualifier, but I’ve bounced back with four wins here and I’ve been boxing so well.

“I dropped the first round and then to come back and win unanimous it just shows my grit and determination and honestly, this piece of paper (ticket to Paris) means so much to me.

“My brother is my number one fan and out here supporting. He was at my first fight back in 2010 and today is my 123rd and he’s still here. I had my first bout in Billericay and now we’re in Bangkok – it’s unbelievable!

“It will sink in eventually, but I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.”

Performance Director Rob McCracken said: “That draws a close to qualification for Paris 2024 for GB Boxing. To have three men and three women plus a refugee boxer qualify is a fantastic achievement in what has been a short and challenging cycle.

 For Lewis Richardson to qualify is tremendous for both himself and the team in a hugely competitive weight category of light middleweight (71kg). Lewis has performed superbly in each contest in Thailand and that is testament to his hard work and dedication he has put in over the last few years to overcome the disappointment of competing in the qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 and just missing out.

 The focus now moves to preparations for the Olympic Games themselves as the coaches and support staff work hard to give those that have qualified every opportunity to succeed in Paris.

 This cycle has seen a number of young boxers gain valuable experience at this level of competition which will serve them well ahead of the next cycle for LA 2028.”