The following Anthony Joshua or Nicola Adams? Meet Group GB’s boxing staff for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


Frazer Clarke

Tremendous-heavyweight

The feelgood story and the captain of the staff is its largest and most skilled member, who has lastly certified for the Olympics on the third time of asking.










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Can Frazer Clarke emulate Anthony Joshua as an Olympic gold medallist?

The super-heavyweight who missed out on London 2012 to Anthony Joshua then Rio 2016 to Joe Joyce instructed Sky Sports activities: “Hold working at issues. Imagine in your self and encompass your self with good individuals.

“It is not over till it is over. That is a message I wish to give to children – typically you fail on the first hurdle however you will get again up, go once more.”

Clarke gained gold on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games to ship a reminder that he’s a significant risk within the division the place Joshua gained gold and Joyce took dwelling silver.

Caroline Dubois

Light-weight

Daniel Dubois is a rising heavyweight danger-man within the professional recreation however has usually insisted his youthful sister is best than him.

Caroline Dubois
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Caroline Dubois was impressed aged 11 watching London 2012

The softly-spoken Caroline gained the 2019 European Ladies’s Youth Championship and the 2019 BBC Younger Sports activities Character of the 12 months after exploding onto the beginner boxing scene.

She is the youngest member of the staff, aged 20, by 5 years and now believes the year-long delay to the Olympics has benefitted her.

“It has been bittersweet,” she instructed Sky Sports activities. “When it occurred I used to be upset and aggravated. I used to be prepared, ready, I had made weight. I assumed it was the tip of the world. After a protracted yr, I realise it was God’s plan – I’m older, extra mature, I can really feel it inside myself.”

Cheavon Clarke

Heavyweight

Clarke fell out of affection with boxing after an unsuccessful 2014 Commonwealth Video games the place he represented Jamaica, the nation of his delivery.

However he was persuaded to return and now wears an ear-to-ear smile, telling Sky Sports activities: “My model is a combination between Tyson, Roy Jones and Sugar Ray Robinson!”

Great Britain's Cheavon Clarke during the media day at the Copper Box Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2020. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Cheavon Clarke is Group GB’s heavyweight

The oldest member of the staff at 30, he beams: “I am relieved to have certified however not excited as a result of I have never gained something but. That is simply how I assault issues.

“The Olympics has solely been my dream since 2019. I went to the kitting out for the European Video games in Minsk and thought: ‘Yo! You get this a lot package? You get handled like this? Think about going to an Olympics!’

“Galal Yafai instructed me: ‘You get given a lot package on the Olympics!’

“I mentioned: ‘Bro, I will the Olympics!'”

Ben Whittaker

Gentle-heavyweight

Anthony Joshua watched Whittaker spar and was so impressed that he requested the place his model was realized. Joby Clayton, Whittaker’s godfather and coach, is now in Joshua’s teaching set-up.

Great Britain's Ben Whittaker during the media day at the Copper Box Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2020. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Ben Whittaker the self-confessed ‘showcase!’

An R’n’B singer in his spare time, Whittaker describes himself as a show-off (“I simply cannot assist myself!”) and is a scholar of Cuban beginner boxing (“mainly a bit of samba dance”).

He tells Sky Sports activities: “It is good to be an Olympian, good to have that little title however there is not any level going until you come again with the fruits of your labour.

“All of the greats have achieved it – Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones – so I wish to put my title on that listing.”

Karris Artingstall

Featherweight

The Macclesfield fighter joined the Military to interrupt a cycle of being a “tearaway” and “stepping into hassle”. Solely as soon as she’d joined did Artingstall realise boxing was nonetheless a severe possibility.

Great Britain's Karriss Artingstall during the media day at the Copper Box Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2020. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Karriss Artingstall is a serving member of the British Military

Proudly representing the navy as a Gunner within the British Military she gained silver at her first main match, the 2019 European Championship.

“I began boxing after I was 15 however did not count on to go to the Olympics,” she tells Sky Sports activities. “After I made the Group GB staff I assumed I might make one thing out of this. Seeing all the images [of former Olympic medallists] on the wall? I assumed ‘I could be like them – if they will do it, so can I’.”

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Charley Davison

Flyweight

Generally known as ‘super-mum’ inside Group GB, the Lowestoft fighter returned to boxing in 2018 simply to maintain match after a seven-year break throughout which she had three youngsters.

Great Britain's Charley Davison during the media day at the Copper Box Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2020. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Mom-of-three Charley Davison has an inspiring story

Her eldest, she says, is beaming with pleasure that mum is flying out to the Olympics.

She gained gold on the 2019 England Boxing Nationwide Championships, only a yr into her comeback, and is now breaking down limitations as a mom contained in the ring.

Peter McGrail

Featherweight

The Liverpool fighter is essentially the most embellished boxer in Group GB and is the one fighter to win a medal at each main match within the Tokyo cycle.

McGrail has gained gold at a European Championship and a Commonwealth Video games, and has two bronze medals at World Championships.

“I’ve acquired a medal at each main Championships and Tokyo is one other probability to do this,” he mentioned.

Pat McCormack

Welterweight

The primary of the McCormack twins is a veteran of Rio 2016 and is the reigning European champion.

Solely a merciless conflict of heads within the second spherical of the 2019 World Championship closing restricted McCormack to a silver medal.

He gained a measure of revenge by defeating the identical opponent, Andrei Zamkovoi of Russia, to qualify for the Olympics.

He’s skilled and embellished and one among Group GB’s most severe threats to the medal podium.

Great Britain's Pat and Luke McCormack during the media day at the Copper Box Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2020. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Twins Pat and Luke McCormack

Luke McCormack

Light-weight

The second McCormack twin is competing in the identical division that his brother was concerned in for Rio 2016.

In 2015, Luke and his brother Pat turned solely the second pair of twins to win England Boxing Elite nationwide titles on the identical day.

Luke is a bronze medallist on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games and the 2019 European Video games and a gold medallist on the 2019 Males’s EU Championships.

Lauren Value

Middleweight

Her dream was at all times to be an Olympian – however she did not know which sport to pursue.

Value has earned 52 caps as a footballer for Wales and can also be a kickboxing world champion.

Great Britain's Lauren Price during the media day at the Copper Box Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2020. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Lauren Value has 52 caps for Wales as a footballer

Now in her third sport, she is the reigning world and European champion. In 2019 she turned solely the third British feminine to grow to be world champion.

“As a kickboxer, I used to be at all times higher with my palms than my legs,” she tells Sky Sports activities.

“Now my velocity and footwork is an enormous a part of the sport so I am undecided if that comes from my soccer.

“I’m very quick, very technical, I get out and in, I’m very skilful.”

Galal Yafai

Flyweight

This would be the third Olympics for the Yafai household – Galal competed at Rio 2016 and his brother Kal was at Beijing 2008 earlier than turning into a world champion as a professional.

Great Britain's Galal Yafai during the media day at the Copper Box Arena, London. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 12, 2020. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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Galal Yafai is a veteran of Rio 2016

“The final Olympics have been huge for me,” he tells Sky Sports activities. “I used to be working [a full-time job] only a yr earlier than. I used to be a beginner on the squad then all of a sudden I used to be on the airplane to Rio. I’ve good and dangerous recollections, I misplaced to the Cuban world champion.

“The final Olympics? I wasn’t dazzled by the entire state of affairs.

“I am a two-time Olympian however Kal and Gamal give me recommendation like I am a novice! It is nice for me. Kal has been to the Olympics earlier than me and is a former world champion. Any recommendation I can get will solely make me higher.”





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