Britain’s new status as force in amateur boxing just in time for 2012 Olympics in London

2 Jan

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Great Britain’s status as an emerging power in amateur boxing has been confirmed in the newly-published world rankings from the international governing body; Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (AIBA), which put seven members of the GB Boxing squad in the top five in the world in their respective weight categories. The new rankings for men place six members of the GB squad in the top five in the world in their class.

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Britain's great super-heavyweight hope at the London Games. Credit: GBboxing.

Light welterweight, Tom Stalker is ranked number one in the world at 64kg following his medal-winning performances at the European Championships and the World Championships, which saw him qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The other four boxers that have qualified for London are also ranked in the top five in the world in their weight divisions.

Flyweight Andrew Selby is ranked number two in the world at 52kg and Luke Campbell and Fred Evans are ranked number three in the world at Bantamweight (56kg) and Welterweight (69kg) respectively.

Super heavyweight (91+kg), Anthony Joshua (pictured), has improved his ranking from 46 to number four in the world following his spectacular arrival on the international scene that culminated in a silver medal at the World Championships in Baku.

The five Olympic qualifiers are joined by Khalid Yafai who is ranked number four in the world at Flyweight but was denied a place at 2012 following defeat by Andrew Selby in an Olympic Box-off.

In the women’s version, Nicola Adams is ranked three in the World at Flyweight (51kg) although she is expected to improve on this when they are next updated as a result of her gold medal victory in the 2011 European Championships in October.

The rankings reflect a year of unprecedented success for GB Boxing. At the European Championships in June 2011, Fred Evans and Andrew Selby won gold and Tom Stalker and Charlie Edwards took silver and bronze.

In the autumn the men went on to record Great Britain’s best ever performances at the World Championships in Baku when Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua won silver and Tom Stalker secured bronze.

In October 2011, Nicola Adams became Great Britain’s first ever female European Champion and was joined on the podium by Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall who won bronze medals in the 64kg and 75kg categories.

The GB squad finished the year in style with a stunning five gold medal winning performance at the Olympic test event held at London’s Excel Arena.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken, said: “The squad has performed very well in 2011 and to win 11 medals at three major tournaments (men’s World Championships and European Championships and the women’s European Championships) and have five boxers qualified for the Olympic Games is a superb achievement and a fitting reward for the hard work of the boxers, the coaches and the support staff.

“All of the men and women in the squad have made significant progress in the last 12 months and the results they have achieved show they are accomplished international performers that can challenge for a medal in every tournament they enter. It augurs very well for next year and as long as the boxers continue to work hard and maintain their levels of performance then we have every reason to feel confident as we head into 2012.”

The new rankings can be viewed here.

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