Kiaran MacDonald

Flyweight

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

  • 2022 European Championships – Silver
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Silver

 

Inspired by fellow Sunderland born boxer Tony Jeffries’ light-heavyweight bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Kiaran began his career aged nine when he stepped foot inside Sunderland ABC.

Kiaran has been a member of the GB Boxing for over six years having joined the squad following a successful assessment he earned after winning back-to-back England Boxing National Amateur Championships in both 2016 and 2017.

As well as representing the British Lionhearts in World Series of Boxing (WSB) in both 2017 and 2018 Kiaran has won gold medals at the Socikas and Belgrade Winner during his time as GB Boxer and has also competed at the Strandja, just missing out on the medal stages on that occasion.

His first selection for a major competition came in September 2021 when he was among the squad of nine men who travelled to Serbia for the World Championships however, he was handed a tough opponent in his opening bout, Rio 2016 silver medallist Yuberjen Martinez, and was unable to progress to the latter stages.

In 2022, Kiaran put together a fine run of performances at the European Championships in Armenia, winning three times on the way to securing flyweight silver and his first major medal.

He did the same a few months later at the Commonwealth Games where once again he had to settle for silver having reached the 51kg final, this time beaten by 2019 World champion, Amit Panghal of India.

Kiaran describes his style as flashy, fancy, and explosive.

Jack Dryden

Featherweight

Date of Birth: 7 February 2003
Weight: 57kg
Height:
Club: Birtley
Home Town: Newcastle
Club Coach: Graeme Rutherford
http://www.instagram.com/jackdryden007

Owain Harris-Allan

Featherweight

Date of Birth: 11 December 2003
Weight: 57kg
Height:
Club: Apollos and Llanedyrn ABC
Home Town: Gravesend
Club Coach: Carl Stephens
http://www.instagram.com/owain_harris1

Achievements:

  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Bronze

Patris Mughalzai

Light-welterweight

Date of Birth: 14/06/02
Weight: 63.5kg
Height:
Club: Powerday Hooks ABC
Home Town: Hillingdon
Club Coach: Steve Newland
http://www.instagram.com/patris.ldn

Joe Tyers

Light-welterweight

Date of Birth: 15/09/00
Weight: 63kg
Height:
Club: Darlington
Home Town: Trimdon
Club Coach: Jim Tyers
http://www.instagram.com/joetyers01

Reese Lynch

Light-welterweight

Date of Birth: 20/07/01
Weight: 63kg
Height: 5’5”
Club: Rob Roye ABC
Home Town: Fauldhouse
Club Coach: James Lyons
http://www.instagram.com/reesel7

Achievements:

  • 2021 World Championships - Bronze

In 2021 in Belgrade Reese made history when he became the first Scottish boxer ever to win a world championship medal when he took bronze in the light welterweight division.  It earnt him a place in the GB Boxing squad and he officially joined the world class programme in January 2022. He soon followed up his world success by winning gold later that year at the Commonwealth Games.

Reese began boxing at the age of nine when he joined Springhill ABC after initially being taught the basics by his brother. He also played football at a young age, however in his own words, “I was terrible, and I was given a pair of gloves and told to be on my way!” and that’s how is journey in the ring began.

As a schoolboy, Reese won his first Scottish title in 2014 before later going on to seal junior and youth accolades between 2016 and 2019 which earned him a place on the Scotland Boxing squad. During this time, he also switched clubs to join Rob Roye ABC. He made an impressive step up into senior competition when he won gold at Serbia’s Golden Gloves in both 2018 and 2019.

Having secured a place in the GB Boxing squad thanks to his medal winning performance at the 2021 world championships in Belgrade, Reese made his first competitive appearance as a GB Boxer when he took part in the Boxam tournament in March 2022 where he went on to win a bronze medal. The light-welterweight followed that up a month later by claiming silver at the Gee Bee tournament in Finland.

On his way to securing his world bronze, Reese boxed three times. Beating both Iran’s Ashkan Reazaei and Spain’s Adrian Thiam Creus to secure his medal before suffering a unanimous points loss to Kerem Oezmen of Turkey in the semi-final stages.

The European Championships in Yerevan was Reese’s first major tournament as a member of the GB Boxing squad. After winning his opening preliminary bout unanimously against Turkey’s Adem Avci, he just missed out on the medal stages after losing to eventual silver medallist, Lounes Hamraoui of France.

Reese describes himself as a sharp counter puncher with fast feet and demonstrated just that when he represented his country, Scotland, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games where he won light-welterweight gold..

Harris Akbar

Light-middleweight

Date of Birth: 09/12/1998
Weight: 71kg
Height:
Club: Bradford Police and College
Home Town: Bradford
Club Coach: Mally Maciver
http://www.instagram.com/_harrisakbar

Achievements

  • 2022 European Championships - Gold
  • 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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Born in Bradford, Harris 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. It turned out to be a wise decision as Harris loved the experience and decided to take-up the sport.

After finding his right weight division, everything started to click and Harris was quickly called-up for the Yorkshire squad, which then resulted in him being asked to represent England as a Youth.

His success as a Youth boxer, which saw him win medals at the European Youth Championships and Youth Commonwealth Games, earnt him an assessment with GB Boxing and in 2017 he was offered a place in the squad.

He won the GB Boxing Championship in 2017 and 2018 and has since competed for GB Boxing at a number of international tournaments.  He was selected by GB Boxing to compete in the light-middleweight division at the 2021 world championships in Belgrade, however he was very unfortunate to draw the eventual champion, Yurii Zakharieiev of Ukraine, in the early stages of the competition and went out in the round of 32.

In 2022, Harris avenged his defeat to Zakharieiev by beating the reigning world champion at the semi-final stages on his way to being crowned European champion after winning gold in his light-middleweight final against GB Boxing teammate Garan Croft in Yerevan. Armenia.

Lewis Richardson

Light-middleweight

Date of Birth: 4/6/1997
Weight: 71kg
Height:
Club: Essex University ABC
Home Town: Colchester
Club Coach: Simon Mullan
http://www.instagram.com/lewisjrichardson_

Achievements

  • 2018 GB Boxing Championship – Gold
  • 2019 Olympic Test Event - Gold
  • 2022 European Championships - Silver
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Bronze

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Despite starting boxing at a young age and having his first bout at 13, Lewis has always maintained his interests outside of the ring and since September 2020 has combined his Olympic ambitions with a Masters in Sports Business Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

The decision to combine education and boxing reflects a driven and hard-working character that has seen Lewis overcome a number of challenges, including a serious back injury, in pursuit of his ambitions.

Born and raised in Colchester, Lewis initially took-up boxing to get fit for football which he played at county level. After winning his first bout aged 13, he enjoyed further success and made the decision to focus on boxing after winning an England Boxing national schoolboy title in 2012.

Following his performance in the 2017 England Boxing Senior National Championships (where he lost in the semi-final to the eventual winner, Ben Whittaker, who went on to win a silver medal at Tokyo 2020) Lewis secured an assessment with GB Boxing and, at the start of 2018, he was offered a place in the squad.

The satisfaction of securing a place on the world class performance programme did not last and shortly after joining the squad Lewis was diagnosed with three stress fractures in his lower back that put him out for most of the year.

He returned in December to win the 2018 GB Boxing Championship and in 2019 he competed for GB Boxing at a number of overseas competitions, winning a bronze at Spain’s Boxam tournament and gold at the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo in November 2019.

It earnt Lewis selection for the first Olympic qualifier in London in March 2020.  Although the event was suspended after two days, owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, Lewis did get the chance to box and began impressively with a unanimous victory over Victor Yoka of France.  Unfortunately he was drawn to meet the Ukrainian world champion, Oleksandr Khyzhniak in the next round and, when the qualifier eventually resumed in Paris in 2021, Lewis lost to the boxer who would go on to win a silver medal in Tokyo.

A change to the qualification system put an end to Lewis’s hopes of going to Tokyo, however he remains committed to competing at the Olympics and is focused competing at Paris 2024.

He continues to combine his studies with boxing and in 2022, Lewis earned his first medal at a major tournament in 2022 when he earned a silver medal at the European Championships in Yerevan after being narrowly beaten in his middleweight final before following it up with a bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Ramtin Musah

Light-heavyweight

Date of Birth: 08/10/99
Weight: 80kg
Height:
Club: Beartown ABC
Home Town: Cheshire
Club Coach: Mark Smith
http://www.instagram.com/ramtinmusah

Taylor Bevan

Light-heavyweight

Date of Birth: 17 January 2001
Weight: 80kg
Height:
Club: Roose Boxing Club
Home Town: Eastleigh
Club Coach: Mike Smite
http://www.instagram.com/taylorbevan1

Achievements:

  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Silver

In 2019, Taylor, who at the time was studying at Barton Peveril sixth form in Hampshire, won the Great Britain Three Nations Boxing championships which led him to compete at the European Youth championships where he reached the quarterfinals.

His performances both at home and abroad earnt him an assessment with GB Boxing where he was awarded a place on the podium squad in January 2022.

In that same month, and making his debut as a GB Boxer, Taylor won gold at the Tammer tournament. He continued that form with another gold medal at the Grand Prix which was enough to see hum selected to compete at the 2022 European Championships in Armenia.

After an impressive opening victory against Sweden’s Liridon Nuha, Taylor was narrowly beaten in his following bout. However, his experiences in Yerevan furthered his progression as he swiftly went on to take silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning his first two bouts in Birmingham via first round stoppages.

Since joining the programme, Taylor has developed a reputation for being involved in memorable and eye-catching fights, so much so that he has won consecutive ‘Bout of the Year’ awards at the annual GB Boxing awards in 2022 and 2023.

Firstly, for his Commonwealth Games semi-final clash with former teammate Aaron Bowen and then again for his Grand Prix contest with USA’s world champion Rahim Gonzales, both of which he of course won.

In 2023, he competed at the first Olympic qualifying event in Krakow at the European Games but was beaten in the preliminary stages. However, he will get a second shot at earning a place in Paris when he enter the second qualifier set to take place in March 2024.

George Crotty

Light-heavyweight

Date of Birth: 27/02/94
Weight: 80kg
Height:
Club: Royal Navy
Home Town: Royston
Club Coach: Paul Ornstone
http://www.instagram.com/george.crotty

Conner Tudsbury

Light-heavyweight

Date of Birth: 03 March 2000
Weight: 80kg
Height:
Club: Moss Side Fire Station
Home Town: Manchester
Club Coach: Nigel Travis
http://www.instagram.com/conner_tudsbury

Achievements:

  • 2019 GB Boxing Championships – Gold
  • 2018 Youth World Championships - Bronze
  • 2018 Youth European Championships - Bronze

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Conner started boxing at the age of eight after his mum saw an advert in a newspaper about a boxing club that had been set-up in Moss Side Fire Station.  The aim was to provide an outlet for Conner’s energy and the eight-year-old quickly showed an aptitude for the sport which also helped to build his confidence

After a victorious first bout at the age of 11, Conner progressed through the sport and won England Boxing titles as a Junior and a Youth, which resulted in him being selected to represent England at the World and European Youth Championships in 2018, where he won middleweight bronze at both events.

Conner’s international success as a Youth boxer earnt him an assessment with GB Boxing and after attending a series of training camps, he was offered a place in the squad as part of the world class performance programme in the latter part of 2019.

In his first competitive appearance as a member of the GB Boxing squad he won the light-heavyweight title at the 2019 GB Boxing Championships in Sheffield.  The outbreak of Coronavirus in March 2020 and its impact on sport meant Conner had to wait 18 months to make his international debut as a member of the GB Boxing squad.  However when the time came he did not disappoint and won gold at the Socikas Tournament in Lithuania in May 2021.

Although his preferred category is light-heavyweight, Conner was selected by GB Boxing to compete in the newly created cruiserweight division (86kg) at the 2021 World Championships in Belgrade, where he delivered a series of excellent performances to reach the quarter-finals.  He was one of the team’s best performers at the competition and agonisingly missed out on his first major international medal as a senior when he narrowly lost by a split decision (3:2) to Victor Schelstrate of Belgium in his quarter-final.  It augured well for future success at major championships where Conner aims to compete in his favoured light-heavyweight division.

Conner describes his style as "explosive" and his favourite boxers include Gennady Golvkin and Vasyl Lomachenko. When he is not training and competing, he is an Ambassador for a Manchester based charity, the Mavericks Star Trust, which uses sport and boxing as a means to help people and clubs in deprived parts of the city.

 

Damar Thomas

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 31 December 2004
Weight: 92kg
Height:
Club: Powerday Hooks Boxing
Home Town: Chiswick
Club Coach: Steve Newland
http://www.twitter.com/damarr.1

Patrick Brown

Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 10/11/1999
Weight: 92kg
Height:
Club: Moss Side Fire Station ABC
Home Town: Manchester
Club Coach: Nigel Travis
http://www.instagram.com/patbrown__

Achievements:

  • 2024 World Olympic Qualifier - Qualified

Born and raised in Sale, Pat began boxing at the age of seven at his father’s gym, Sale West ABC, before having his first amateur fight aged 11.

Early success through his amateur career has included winning two national ABA titles at senior level which earned him an assessment at GB Boxing to join the World Class Programme – which he successfully came through to join the WCP in March 2022.

Since being on the programme, has won an array of international medals including gold at the recent and inaugural World Boxing Cup: GB Open in Sheffieldf which included a ‘bout of the day’ performance against Nigeria’s Adam Olare in which Pat administered three standing counts on his opponent.

Pat’s performances on the international stage were enough to see him selected for the first World Olympic qualifying event in Busto Arsizio, Italy.

The heavyweight confidently won both of his opening bouts unanimously at the E-Work Arena before sealing qualification for Paris 2024 with another dominant 5-0 victory over Poland’s Mateusz Bereznicki.

Speaking after qualifying, Pat said: ““This is for my dad. I’ve done it for him, and I can’t wait to share this moment with him. He and my friends and family have come out here and supported each day and that, with all the support back home has not gone unnoticed and I’m incredibly grateful.

“I’ve only been on the GB Boxing programme a couple of years and the Olympics always seemed so far out for reach, but I always believe in myself, and I work hard, and I still can’t believe I’ve done it – it’s unbelievable.”

Pat’s hometown club is Moss Side Fire Station in Manchester where he is trained by Nigel Travis and Jamie Moore with the renowned duo having trained the likes of Carl Frampton, Jack Catterall and ex-GB Boxer, Chantelle Cameron.

Delicious Orie

Super Heavyweight

Date of Birth: 31 May 1997
Weight: 92kg+
Height:
Club: Jewellery Quarter
Home Town: Bliston
Club Coach: Mick Maguire
http://www.twitter.com/deliciousboxing

Achievements:

  • 2022 European Championships – Bronze
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2023 European Games - Gold

Born in Moscow, 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Delicious Orie spent the first seven years of his life in Voronezh in Russia before moving to London and then eventually Wolverhampton. He didn’t begin his journey into boxing until at 17 he saw London 2012 gold medallist Anthony Joshua win his first professional world title. Seeing his arms raised instantly inspired him to waste no time in getting down to his local gym and he has not looked back since.

Delicious remembers fondly his first bout which he says didn’t last very long, 45 seconds to be exact! But it was in that moment he realised this was something he wanted to pursue for the rest of his life. Less than two years after starting out in the sport, he clinched his first title in 2018 when he won the England Boxing National Championships.

After his success domestically, Delicious was asked to attend the Lions’ Den at the English Institute of Sport for a series of assessments which he successfully passed, joining the squad in 2021.

The 2021 Socikas tournament was Delicious’ first tournament as a GB Boxer where he missed out on a medal, however he would soon go on to compete at the Golden Glove in Serbia, Spain’s Boxam and the Gee Bee held in Finland all in the space of six months – winning gold at all three.

Delicious was selected for his first major at the 2021 World Championships in Serbia and did more than hold his own on his way to reaching the last 16 stage. In May 2022, he was part of the squad that travelled to Armenia for the European Championships, and it was here where he earned his first major medal, earning bronze after losing to the eventual gold medallist, Nelvie Tiafack of Germany, in the super-heavyweight semi-final.

He followed up his impressive displays in Yerevan with further success in the ring, this time at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, winning a gold medal right on his doorstep. After sealing is place on the top of the podium, he said: “We’ve got the gold medal. It’s made in the Jewellery Quarter. I started boxing in the Jewellery Quarter and to now have this in my hands means everything to me. The sky’s only the limit – we are going to exceed that.”

A year later, Delicious' Olympic dream became a reality when he earned qualification for the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris after winning gold at the European Games in Krakow, Poland. The super-heavyweight won five bouts on his way to being crowned champion, including a unanimous victory over Azerbaijan's Mahammed Abdullayev in the final.

Speaking after qualifying, an emotional Orie said: “It’s a dream I’ve always had and now I’ve got it. Every single day I wake up I tell myself I’m going to be an Olympian and today is the day.

“The Olympics is all I think of. When I’m with family, when I’m training, even if I’m doing the most mundane task, it’s always at the back of my mind that I have to qualify for the Olympics and we’re here today and we’ve done it.”

Outside of the ring, Delicious has earned himself a first-class honours degree in Economics and Management at Aston University and has a keen interest in basketball, which was the sport he played most until his later switch to boxing.

Ivy-Jane Smith

Light-flyweight

Date of Birth: 15 June 1998
Weight: 50kg
Height:
Club: Steel City
Home Town: Southampton
Club Coach: Pearce Gudgeon
https://www.instagram.com/ivyjane_smith

Kelsey Oakley

Light-flyweight

Date of Birth: 21 July 2003
Weight: 50kg
Height:
Club: PriorY Park ABC
Home Town: Dudley
Club Coach: Warren Davis
https://www.instagram.com/kelsey_oakley

Demie-Jade Resztan

Light-flyweight

Date of Birth: 28 December 1996
Weight: 50kg
Height:
Club: New Ashley
Home Town: Cambridge
Club Coach: Mark O'Reilly
https://www.instagram.com/demiejade/

Achievements

  • 2019 World Championships - Bronze
  • 2019 European Championships - Silver
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Silver
  • 2022 European Championships - Bronze

Savannah Stubley

Light-flyweight

Date of Birth: 18/07/2001
Weight: 50kg
Height:
Club: Empire School of Boxing
Home Town: Lynemouth
Club Coach: Les Walsh
https://www.instagram.com/savannahstubley_boxing_page/

Achievements

  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Bronze

 

Charley Davison

Bantamweight

Date of Birth: 24 November 1993
Weight: 54kg
Height:
Club: Attleborough Boxing Club
Home Town: Lowestoft
Club Coach: John Cremlin
https://www.instagram.com/charley_sian_davison/

Achievements

  • 2019 England Boxing National Championships – Gold
  • 2021 Tokyo Olympics European Qualifier - Silver
  • Tokyo 2020 (held in 2021) - R16
  • 2023 European Games - Bronze

 

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As mum to three young children, Charley, balances boxing with motherhood and has enjoyed a meteoric rise since returning to the sport in 2018, following a seven-year break, which has seen her earn a place in the GB Boxing squad and qualify for the Olympic Games.

Having initially started boxing at the age of eight, Charley enjoyed domestic success and international recognition as a youth boxer before taking a break from the sport at the age of 19 to have her children.

She restarted training in 2018 and went on to enjoy immediate success and in May 2019 she won the England Boxing National Championships at bantamweight (54kg).

The win secured her an assessment with the GB Boxing squad in which Charley impressed the coaches despite her long lay-off from the sport.  Although she boxed at bantamweight, which is not an Olympic weight, the GB Boxing team felt that with the right support she had the potential to compete successfully at flyweight (51kg), which is an Olympic weight class.

Charley initially joined the squad as part of the Podium Potential group in December 2019 and after impressing at a multi-national training camp in America at the start of 2020 she was selected to compete at the first Olympic qualifying event in London in March 2020.

Although the event was suspended after two days owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, Charley was one of the few boxers from Great Britain that did get to compete and she recorded an impressive unanimous points victory over Ireland’s 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Carly McNaul.

She completed her incredible journey to qualify for the Olympic Games at the Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifier in Paris in June 2021.  She defeated Poland’s Sandra Drabik to secure her place at Tokyo and finished the tournament with a silver medal.

In Tokyo, Charley put in an impressive display in her opening bout against Rabab Cheddar of Morocco but unfortunately exited the competition at the last 16 stage following defeat to China's Chang Yuan.

After her incredible achievement in getting to Tokyo 2020 after a seven year break, Charley set her sights on becoming a two-time Olympian and qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, a feat she achieved in the summer of 2023 after earning a bronze medal at the European Games in Krakow, Poland.

Speaking after securing her place at Paris 2024, Davison said: “Honestly, I can’t believe it. It’s going to take time to sync in. It means so much more to me. I feel more experienced and believe that I can go to the top.

“It’s my dream to become Olympic champion. I went to Tokyo with little experience, but I’ve banked a lot more since so it’s different now."

 

Sameenah Toussaint

Featherweight

Date of Birth: 11 October 2022
Weight: 57kg
Height:
Club: Heading Boxing Club
Home Town: Harrow
Club Coach: Brian Smith
https://www.instagram.com/sameenah123

Olivia Holmes

Featherweight

Date of Birth: 01 June 2002
Weight: 57kg
Height:
Club: Rotunda ABC
Home Town: Upholland
Club Coach: Mikey Albertina
https://www.instagram.com/livholmes01/

Achievements

  • 2022 U22 European Championships - Bronze

Elise Glynn

Featherweight

Date of Birth: 05 September 2001
Weight: 57kg
Height:
Club: West Warwicks ABC
Home Town: Solihull
Club Coach: Peter Glynn
https://www.instagram.com/eliseglynn/

Elise began boxing at the age of 13 after surprising her father with an interest in the sport having before that taken up hobbies of horse riding and cheerleading as well as entering beauty pageants.

Initially not welcome in her local gym by male members of the gym, Birmingham-born Glynn didn’t let that deter her though, having her first bout after just six weeks.

Her youth career included wining gold at the European Junior Championships in 2017 as well as being crowned featherweight champion at the National Amateur Championships in 2022.

That performance earned her an assessment with GB Boxing and after impressing during that trial period, she was initially offered a place on the academy programme.

However, she was quickly fast-tracked to the podium squad after an impressive display at the Balkan tournament where she went head-to-head with Italy’s world silver medallist, Irma Testa.

She was then selected for both the women’s European Championships and European Games where once again she met Testa, narrowly losing on both occasions.

Despite the setbacks, Elise went on to win gold at the 2023 Cologne Boxing Cup as well as silver at the World Boxing Cup: GB Open in January 2024.

A month later she was selected for the first World Olympic qualifying event and after winning her first two bouts, was beaten at the quarter-final stage by Turkey’s Esra Yildiz.

Most recently, she won gold at the second edition of the World Boxing Cup, which was this time held in Colorado, America.

Shona Whitwell

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 08 January 1998
Weight: 60kg
Height:
Club: St Ives ABC
Home Town: St Ives
Club Coach: Stephen Whitwell
https://www.instagram.com/shona_whitwell/

Gemma Richardson

Lightweight

Date of Birth: 04 August 2001
Weight: 60kg
Height:
Club: Scunthorpe ABC
Home Town: Scunthorpe
Club Coach: Andy Richardson
http://www.instagram.com/gemmapaigex4

Achievements:

  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Silver
  • 2021 U22 European Championships - Gold

Gemma initially began kickboxing at six years old when her dad wanted her and her brother to learn self-defence but after realising she was better with her hands than her feet, she soon transitioned into boxing around the age of eight.

She had her first bout at the age of ten and then three years later, claimed her first of five national titles which earned her an England Boxing assessment. Gemma also earned gold medals at both the 2018 and 2019 European Youth Championships.

She earned her place on the world class programme after being crowned World Youth Champion in 2019.

Gemma made her senior debut as a GB Boxer at the Bocskai in 2021, where she also won a bronze medal only being beaten by Rio 2016 medallist Mira Potkonen. It was then that experience of facing seniors that benefitted the Scunthorpe boxer as she entered the 2021 U22 European Championships in Italy, where she would go on to add another gold to her tally. She then rounded off her memorable year with her first senior gold at the Nations Cup in Serbia.

Gemma would describe herself as a pressure fighter and was selected to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games where she reached the lightweight final where she earned a silver medal having been beaten by reigning world champion Amy Broadhurst.

Away from boxing, the lightweight is an avid baker.

Rosie Eccles

Welterweight

Date of Birth: 23/07/1996
Weight: 66kg
Height:
Club: Pontypool ABC
Home Town: Cardiff
Club Coach: Colin Jones
http://www.instagram.com/rosieeccles1996

Achievements

  • 2016 Women’s European Championships – Silver
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games – Silver
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games - Gold
  • 2023 European Games - Bronze

Rosie fell in love with the sport of boxing following her very first boxercise class in Caldicot and became obsessed with the Olympics after watching the likes of Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor at London 2012.

At 16 and after much persistence, Rosie joined Chepstow ABC where she went on to have her first bout where she won the novice Welsh title.

Two years later in 2018, she joined the full time boxing programme and in the same year, also took silver at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, which catapulted her name into the sport.

In 2020, she was selected for the first Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier in London but unfortunately was beaten in her opening bout by Russia's Saadat Dalgatova and suffered even greater heartbreak when her the second qualifier was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

During this period, Rosie was handed further setbacks as she not only caught the illness on three occasions but also suffered significant nerve damage which kept her out of the ring for a period of time.

However, she did not let the setbacks deter her as she fought her way back to peak fitness in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where this time she went one better than her previous outing, as she won gold, crowning her welterweight champion.

She then continued where she left off in 2023 as she finally was able to realise her Olympic dream after beating Ireland's World, European and Commonwealth champion Amy Broadhurst in impressive style at the European Games in Poland to qualify for a place at Paris 2024.

Rosie ended that tournament with a bronze medal, only losing to the eventual gold medallist Busenaz Surmeneli.

Speaking after qualifying, she said:  “I’ve got no words! After everything that has happened, I thought this was too good to happen to me.

"I’ve kept coming back, grinding, and waiting and at times it felt like this was just impossible!

“Since I was eight, I’ve had a dream and at 16 I began boxing, we’re now a decade down the road and here we are. There are so many people to thank that have played their part along the way; my local club, Welsh Boxing, GB Boxing with all of the coaches and the support staff – I’m so grateful.”

Chantelle Reid

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 31 May 1997
Weight: 75kg
Height:
Club: Kode Red
Home Town: Derby
Club Coach: Duane Reid
https://www.instagram.com/miss_reidx

Achievements:

  • 2024 Boxing Road to Paris Olympic qualification event - Qualified

Chantelle began boxing in Derby at Kobe Red gym where she was trained by her father.

At a young age, Chantelle encountered her fair share of success, winning European junior gold in 2014 as well as World youth championship bronze a year later.

A persistent back injury forced her to step away from the sport for a prolonged period of time before making her return six years later at the 2023 National Senior Elite Championships where she was crowned champion and as a result was awarded with a place on England Boxing’s inaugural Senior Programme.

Her first competition with England was the Leszek tournament in Poland and her performances there saw her return home with a bronze medal, earning an assessment with GB Boxing in the process.

Following a successful assessment, Chantelle joined the GB Boxing podium squad in October 2023 and within a few months already earned bronze medals at both the Tammer in Finland and World Boxing Cup event held in Sheffield.

Her performances at these tournaments saw her selected to represent Great Britain at the Boxing Road to Paris Olympic qualification event in Busto Arsizio, Italy. The Derby born boxer looked more than comfortable on the world stage earning initial victories over Trinidad’s Angel Eye George and Brazil’s Viviane Pereira before sealing her place at the Paris 2024 Olympic by unanimously beating Uzbekistan’s Aziza Zokirova.

Away from boxing, Chantelle completed an apprenticeship in Wealth Management.

Kerry Davis

Middleweight

Date of Birth: 31/03/1997
Weight: 75kg
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Home Town: Cheltenham
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Kerry played a range of sport when she was growing up. She began playing football aged just five, but combat sport is in Davis’ blood, as her mother competed in karate for England. Despite trying her hand at the martial art, she found her strengths and passion in boxing aged 14 believing that the best bit about the sport is that you get out what you put in.

2018 was a year to remember for Kerry as not only did she win her major title at the National Amateur Championships, but it was that victory which her earned an assessment with GB Boxing which she successfully passed, joining the programme officially in October of that year.

After suffering a foot injury shortly after joining the programme and with the delay of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kerry’s first chance to box as a senior came at the Balkan tournament in Bulgaria where she beat France’s Davina Michel in the final to win gold. She then repeated her gold medal feat at the 2022 Bocskai.

Kerry was selected for her first major in 2022, attending the Women’s World Championships in Istanbul where she would win two of her three bouts, narrowly losing her quarter-final bout to just miss out on a medal.

In December 2021, Kerry raised almost £6,000 by organising a 300-mile watt-bike ride, which both GB Boxers, coaches and support staff took part in, to raise money to buy an electric wheelchair for her friend suffering with multiple sclerosis.

Kerry competed at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where she reached the quarter-final stage.