By Yousuf Ali @boxingubanter
With the 2016 Olympics starting on Saturday the eyes of the boxing world will turn to Rio to see the rising talents in amateur boxing as well as some professional boxers battling for gold. From a British perspective, GB have sent 12 boxers in their respective weight classes to compete with the rest of the world and many medals are expected. Despite vast array of talent representing GB there are few fighters to especially look out for:
Joe Cordina: The only Welsh boxer in the squad has an abundance of talent and at times looks sensational; at only 24 inexperience could be a potential disadvantage. He won the lightweight gold medal at the 2015 European Amateur Boxing Championships and qualified for the Olympics at the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Samsun, Turkey.
Joshua Buatsi: Buatsi has burst onto the scene in recent years to secure this Olympic spot, with a strong aggressive style he will be a force to be reckoned with, Buatsi defeated Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak in his semifinal and Dutch boxer Peter Müllenburg in the final of the light-heavyweight tournament to secure his place in Rio.
Joe Joyce: Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua is Joe Joyce, an imposing figure who likes to walk his opponents down is in a strong position to bring home the gold for GB; he is the current commonwealth champion and European champion.
Savannah Marshall: After performing poorly in the 2012 Olympics Marshall will look to put things right in Rio, the, interestingly Marshall holds a vital win over the current gold medalist Claressa Shields who otherwise has a
spotless record, could they meet in the final?
The whole GB squad looks like this:
Galal Yafai – Light-Flyweight
Muhammad Ali – Flyweight
Qais Ashfaq – Bantamweight
Joe Cordina – Lightweight
Pat McCormack – Light-Welterweight
Josh Kelly – Welterweight
Anthony Fowler – Middleweight
Joshua Buatsi – Light-heavyweight
Lawrence Okolie – Heavyweight
Joe Joyce – Super-heavyweight
Nicola Adams – Flyweight
Savannah Marshall – Middleweight
With an abundance of talent, determination and passion, the GB boxing team will look to earn many medals and once again cement Britain as one of the top countries for amateur boxing.by