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Old 05-18-2012, 09:30 AM   #1
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With all the participants nearly qualified now and the first bout set to go on the 28th July I thought it would be worthy of its own thread which gives us plenty of time to get to know the participants etc.

I'll be posting all the teams up as soon as I find them but for now here is the British squad:

Tom Stalker
Andrew Selby
Fred Evans
Anthony Joshua
Luke Campbell
Nicola Adams
Savannah Marshall
Natasha Jonas
Anthony Ogogo
Josh Taylor
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Irish squad:

Light-fly: Paddy Barnes
Flyweight: Michael Conlan
Bantam: John Joe Nevin
Welter: Adam Nolan
Middleweight: Darren O'Neill

Lightweight: Katie Taylor

Coaches: Billy Walsh, Zaur Antia
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any word of joe ward getting a wildcard??
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Cuban team:

Yosvany Veita Soto - Light Flyweight: 19 years old, Yosvany is one of the younger members of the team. He qualified at the Worlds in 2011 by winning three matches, and in 2010 he took home a bronze at the youth world championships. He's ranked number 6 in the world by the AIBA.

Robeisy Ramirez - Flyweight: Ramirez, just 18 years old, won gold at the 2010 youth world championships. In the 2011 Worlds, he lost to highly touted Russian Misha Aloyan. Ranked 5th in the world, he's a serious medal contender, and will be competing in a stacked weight class which also includes three-time US Olympian Rau'shee ******.

Lazaro Alvarez - Bantamweight: With a number 2 world ranking to his credit, and wins against British Olympian Luke Campbell and American Olympian Joseph Diaz en route to winning the 2011 Worlds, Alvarez is no joke. He'll be the prohibitive favorite to take home Gold in the Bantamweight division.

Yasniel Toledo - Lightweight: Toledo took home a silver at the 2011 Worlds and is ranked as the number 1 fighter at Lightweight. He's another gold-medal favorite, but will have to fend off the challenge of Italian Lightweight star Domenico Valentino, the world's number 2.

Rosniel Iglesias - Light Welterweight: Iglesias won the American qualifying event by ousting talented Puerto Rican boxer Francisco Vargas. He has a 2009 World Championship on his resume, as well as a bronze medal performance in the 2008 Beijing Games. He's currently ranked 10th in the world.

Julio Cesar la Cruz - Light Heavyweight: The captain of the Cuban Olympic boxing team, Julio Cesar la Cruz won gold at the 2011 Worlds, knocking of Russia's Egor Mekhontsev in the process. It's good enough to make him the world's number 1 ranked Light Heavyweight headed into the games.

Jose Larduet - Heavyweight: Jose Larduet technically isn't even the highest ranked Heavyweight in his own country, according to the AIBA. Still, he'll be representing Cuba at the London Olympics after moving up from Light Heavyweight earlier in his amateur career.

Erislandy Savon - Super Heavyweight: The name sounds familiar, doesn't it? That's right, 21-year-old Erislandy is nephew to Felix Savon. He has a number 5 world ranking, and lost in the 2011 Worlds to eventual champion Magomed Majidov. He previously won a youth world championship in 2008, at Heavyweight.
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USA team:

Rau'shee W-arren - Flyweight: ****** is by far the most highly experienced and internationally well regarded fighter on the team. London 2012 will be his third trip to the Olympics. ****** won the 2007 World Championships, which ultimately made his Beijing Olympic experience all the more dissatisfying. He's also a four-time US National Champion. ****** is the only US boxer who made it as far as the semi-finals in the 2011 World Championships, losing to eventual winner Misha Aloyan of Russia. This is his last go round at the Olympics, and in his third try, anything short of the medal stand would be viewed as a disappointment. He's the first US boxer to compete in three Olympic games.

Joseph Diaz Jr. - Bantamweight: Diaz was one of three US boxers who was already qualified for London before the recent American qualifying event. He's 19 years old, and he won the 2012 US Olympic team trials. He was ranked 18th in the world as of May 1st. At the 2011 Worlds, he lost to Cuba's Lazaro Alvarez Estrada, who won Gold at Baku.

Jose Ramirez - Lightweight: Lightweight Jose Ramirez will turn 20 this August, and he's a three-time US National Champion. He won bronze at the American qualifying event, locking him into place for the Olympics. Ramirez is a fast, high work rate fighter who likes to pressure and overwhelm his opponents.

Jamel Herring - Light Welterweight (Team Captain): While ****** is the most experienced fighter on the team, Herring is the elder statesman, and the team captain. The 26 year old is a sergeant in the US Marines, and a two-time Armed Forces National Champion. He also took home silver at the 2010 World Military Championships. Herring finished 4th in the American qualifying event to earn his trip to London.

Errol Spence - Welterweight: Welterweight Errol Spence is a three-time US National Champion. Speedy and well-rounded, he was ranked 24th in the world as of May 1st. He lost in the 2011 Worlds to Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan, who took home silver at the event.

Terrell Gausha - Middleweight: Gausha is a two-time US National Champion, and he took home gold at the Americas qualifying event, marking his best international performance. He's an athletic late bloomer, and is one of many US boxers on the squad who is still making great improvements, and has not yet reached his full potential.

Marcus Browne - Light Heavyweight: Browne was one of three US boxers to capture gold at the Americas qualifying event. At 6'2", he's rangy in the light heavyweight division. Browne lost to Egor Mekhontsev of Russia at the 2011 Worlds. Mekhonstev went on to win bronze, and previously took home gold at the 2009 World Championships.

Michael Hunter Jr. - Heavyweight: Hunter is one of the more well-publicized US boxers, but he didn't lock up his trip to London until the most recent qualifying event, where he took home gold. Son of former professional boxer Mike "The Bounty" Hunter, he came up short as a teen in his quest to qualify for Beijing, and now finally gets to compete at the highest international stage. Hunter won Gold at the Americas qualifying event.

Dominic Breazeale - Super Heavyweight : Breazale took home silver at the Americans qualifying event. A former college football player, Breazeale is the least experienced member of the team, but also has near limitless potential with his overall athletic talents. If that reminds you of somebody, it should - 2008 Olympic bronze medal winner Deontay Wilder.
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Puerto Rican team:

Jantony Ortiz - Light Flyweight: Still just 17 - he'll by 18 by the Olympics - Ortiz captured Gold at the recent American qualifying event, including an early victory over Santos Vasquez, which eliminated the American hopeful and kept the USA squad to 9 members instead of a full 10. He's a stud and a potential medal winner.

Jeyvier Cintron - Flyweight: Another gold medal winner at the American qualifying event, and he's even younger than Ortiz! Cintron turned 17 in February and knocked off some fantastic amateur stars in his home country to earn his spot in the qualifier. Winning a medal will be a steep climb though with guys like Misha Aloyan of Russia manning the division.

Felix Verdejo - Lightweight: The third gold medal at the American qualifier - that's three for three thus far, Verdejo is 19 years old, an elder statesman by contrast. Verdejo moved through the competition with ease in Rio, but he's never gone up against the type of elite world competition which awaits him, like Domenico Valentino of Italy.

Francisco Vargas - Light Welterweight: Francisco Vargas is 18 years old, and is coming off a silver medal performance at the American qualifier. He lost to Cuban hotshot Rosniel Iglesias, which is no shame, as Iglesias is a former World Champion making his second trip to the Olympics. With a favorable draw, Vargas could make it deep into the field at London.

Enrique Collazo - Middleweight: Collazo lost early at the American qualifier to surprise middleweight gold medal winner Terrell Gausha of the United States. He's actually 23 years old, which would make him a novice on some teams, but makes him the old man of the bunch on the Puerto Rican Olympic boxing squad for 2012.
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Team GB write-ups:

Luke Campbell (Bantamweight): AIBA's #3 amateur bantamweight in the world, Campbell owns a bronze and a gold from the European championships, bagged the 2010 Four Nations Challenge, and captured silver at last year's world championships in Baku.

Fred Evans (Welterweight): At 21 years of age, Evans is one of the younger members of the squad. Despite this, he won gold at the 2011 European championships, and is ranked by AIBA at #3.

Anthony Joshua (Super Heavyweight): Joshua is another young one, and will be only 22 at the his first Olympic games. Despite this, he is a major contender for a medal in the sport's heaviest weight class. He bounced back from a marijuana-dealing charge in 2011 to go to Baku, where he won silver. At that tournament, he defeated Beijing's super heavyweight gold medalist, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy, only to be defeated by hometown favorite and current #1 ranked Magomedrasul Majidov. Joshua is ranked #4 himself, behind the two aforementioned contenders and Filip Hrgovic of Croatia.

Anthony Ogogo (Middleweight): Ogogo might be the best known British boxer on the squad this year, at least to the British public at large. A semi-professional model, the Anglo-Nigerian appeared in a Big Brother reality TV program. His international stature is limited, but he did win a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, gold at the Gee Bee tournie in the Czech Republic, and was voted Boxer of the Year by the ABA of England in 2011.

Andrew Selby (Flyweight): Selby has an Olympic story before even reaching the games, as he was one of two British boxers to qualify in the same division this year, along with Khalid Yafai. Both boxers couldn't go, so a box-off was held and Selby prevailed. Furthermore, this is the same storied Selby who gave Misha Aloyan of Russia a perilously close fight in Baku. Selby had to settle for silver at the Baku World Championships, but he brought home gold from the 2011 European championships. He is ranked #2 in the world, right behind Aloyan, so a rematch between these two fighters at any stage in the tournament is a fight to watch for, and Selby might very well be the Briton most likely to bring home a boxing gold this year.

Tom Stalker (Light Welterweight): On a squad made up of mostly youngish, new faces, Stalker is a veteran. He will be 28 by the time of the Summer Games, and has a long, trophy-decked amateur career behind him. Stalker won gold at the 2008 EU championship, and went back for a silver in 2009. Those wins led him to 2010's silver at the European championships, and gold at the Commonwealth Games. Last year, Stalker took another European championship silver and a bronze at Baku's world championship. He is currently the #1 amateur light welterweight in the world.

Josh Taylor (Lightweight): The only Scotsman on this year's squad, Taylor is a novice on the international amateur stage, but has started out impressively enough. He won a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a silver at the 2012 Feliks Stamm tournie in Poland, and won his place at the recent qualifier tournament in Trabzon. However, it should be noted that Taylor is ranked below fellow Briton Martin Ward by AIBA, and Ward only enters the list at #47!
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Chinese Team:

Meng Fanglong (Light Heavyweight): Ranked #5 in the world by AIBA, the 23 year old Fanglong won gold at the 2010 Combat Games and silver at last year's Asian Confederal Games. He replaces Zhang Xiaoping on the team, the gold medal winner from the Beijing Games.

Liu Qiang (Lightweight): Bearing a name straight from Mortal Combat, this Chinese lightweight will be 29 at the London Games. Qiang standing is revealing of how fierce competition in the lightweight division will be at the Olympics this summer. He won gold at the AIBA qualifier, and silver at the 2011 Asian Confederal Games. That suggests he is at the top of the lightweight division in East Asia, but that standing only places him #11 in AIBA's rankings. Don't expect Qiang to get very far.

Miamiatituersun Qiong (Welterweight): Qiong is an Uyghur, part of a Muslim minority living on the Central Asian fringes of China, and the more Latinized spelling of his name is Mehmet Turson Chong. He fought at the Beijing Games at light welterweight, but lost early on to Russia's Gennady Kovalev. Ranked #6 by AIBA, he is considered an outside contender to win a medal this year.

Zhou Shiming (Light Flyweight): Shiming is one of the best known of China's Olympic boxing squad, due partly to his gold medal win in 2008. The other part of his (in)famous reputation stems from his fight with Ireland's Paddy Barnes on the way to the medal round, which saw Shiming receive points for punches that were landed by Barnes in one of the most scandalous miscarriages of judging on record. Even so, it would be a severe mistake to dismiss Shiming, as he is one of the toughest and most experienced competitors in his division. A strong competitor on the East Asian circuit, he ranks #3 according to AIBA, winning gold at the 2010 Combat Games and the 2010 Asian Games, and enters the contest as the reigning light flyweight world amateur champion. He also won bronze in the 2004 Athens Games. Look for him to bring a medal home again, and possibly even a second gold.

Wang Xuanxuan (Heavyweight): Xuanxuan is the dark horse of this year's Chinese squad. The 22 year old won a bronze at last year's world championship, and a silver at the Asian Confederal Games. Only the most eagle-eyed of observers of the international amateur scene know anything about him, but despite that Xuanxuan is ranked #2 by AIBA. In a division with a lot of new faces this year, Xuanxuan could do very well indeed.

Zhang Zhilei (Super Heavyweight): This gigantic southpaw is making his second trip to the Olympics, and won silver at the Beijing Games. Since then, his record has been mixed. He came away from the 2009 Milan world championship with only a bronze, didn't even go to the 2011 championship, and scored bronze again at the 2011 Asian Confederal Games. Against that, he scored gold at the 2010 Asian Games and Combat Games, as well as last year's AIBA Qualifier. These mixed results, especially on the larger international stage, go a long way to explaining why Zhilei is ranked a measly #22 right now. And keep in mind that Zhilei won silver by losing to Italy's Roberto Cammarelle by knockout. The smart thinking says the hulking Zhilei was a flash in the pan, and will be eliminated early.
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Russian team:

Misha Aloyan (Flyweight): The southpaw Aloyan is making his first trip to the Olympics, but he is the flyweight favorite to win a medal this year. He won bronze at the Milan 2009 World Championship, gold at the 2010 Moscow European Championship, and then finally gold again at the 2011 Baku World Championship. In the latter contest, he narrowly edged out Britain's capable Andrew Selby. As Selby will also compete in London, the possibility of a rematch between Aloyan and Selby is something to watch for.
David Ayrapetyan (Light Flyweight): Ayrapetyan is a solid international amateur boxer, with a silver and a bronze at the World Championships to his credit. He went to the 2008 Games, but was upset early on. He clearly hopes to do better this year and bag a medal, but faces fierce competition.

Artur Beterbiyev (Heavyweight): Beterbiyev won silver at the 2007 World Championship, making him a contender in Beijing. Alas, Beterbiyev ran afoul of the controversial, pro-Chinese scoring that marred that event, dropping a loss to Zhang Xiaoping. He bounced back to bag the gold at the 2009 World Championship. Since then, Beterbiyev has swapped places with Egor Mekhontsev (see below), with Beterbiyev moving up in weight. London will be his first major outing as a heavyweight, but AIBA ranks him as #4.

Egor Mekhontsev (Light Heavyweight): Mekhontsev has a storied background, with a gold and a bronze from the World Championships. London is his first trip to the Olympics, however (he didn't qualify for 200, and he is making the trip at a new weight. Swapping weight classes with his local rival, Beterbiyev, Mekhontsev has gone down to light heavyweight. He went to the 2011 World Championships at the new weight, winning a bronze. AIBA ranks him as #4 in the world in his present weight class, so like Beterbiyev, he stands as an outside contender for a medal.

Magomed Omarov (Super Heavyweight): Not to be confused with the Dagestani politician of the same name, Omarov is a middling ontender at the London Games, continuing Russia's commanding presence in the ranks of the big men. At the 2011 Ankara European Championships, Omarov beat the Bejing gold medal winner, Roberto Cammarelle. Despite this, his international amateur experience is otherwise limited, and he is ranked only 12th by AIBA.

Sergey Vodopyanov (Bantamweight): Vodopyanov is returning for his second Olympic stint, but his best might already have passed him by. While the Russian owns a gold and a silver from the World Championships, as well as a bronze from a boxing World Cup event, all of that was between 2007 and 2009. His record since then, as well as his performance at the Beijing Games, can be described as merely average.

Andrey Zamkovoy (Welterweight): Zamkovoy won a silver at the 2009 World Championship, but has enjoyed merely middling performance in international amateur competition since then.
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Roberto Cammarale (Super Heavyweight): This big guy is one of the biggest names among amateur heavyweights in the world. An Italian policeman when he isn't training for competition, Cammarale turns 30 this year, and the London Games represent his third stint at the Olympics. He has been in the upper tier of his division for a decade now, winning his first silver at the 2002 European Championship. His trophy case must be packed with medals and awards by now, including a bronze from the Athens 2004 Games and his gold from the Beijing 2008 Games. Although he lost to Anthony Joshua of the UK at the 2011 World Championship (Joshua went on to win a silver), Cammarale remains a top contender for a medal in London.

Manuel Cappai (Light Flyweight): Cappai thumped Poland's Lukasz Maszczyk at the recent Trabzon qualifiers to win his berth for his first Olympics.

Vincenzo Mangiacapre (Light Welterweight): This is Mangiacapre's first Olympics, but he has as much amateur experience under his belt as the typical member of the American squad. He captured bronze medals in 2011's European and World Championships.
Vittorio Parrinello (Bantamweight): Parrinello is the sort of Olympian that does well at the national level, picking up Italian amateur titles, but not as good at the international level. He went to the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Championships, and was eliminated early both times.

Vincenzo Picardi (Flyweight): Picardi will be 29 this year, and is making his second trip to the Olympics. Undoubtedly he hopes to step up his game and move forward from what is thus far a distinguished, but decidedly 3rd Place amateur career. Picardi brought back bronzes from Beijing, the 2007 World Championship, the 2007 EU Championship, and the 2007 and 2011 European Championship.

Clemente Russo (Heavyweight): This veteran is the other big man to watch from the Italian team. Like Cammarale, Russo will turn 30 this year, is a veteran amateur boxer, and an Italian policeman. Russo won silver in Beijing (this is the man who whipped Deontay Wilder 7-1), losing to his arch-rival, Russian Rakhim Chakkiev. As Chakkiev turned pro in 2009, he won't be a potential stumbling block for Russo this year.

Domenico Valentino (Lightweight): A veteran who will be 28 this year, Valentino made his first splash in the amateur ranks by winning gold at the EU Championships back in 2005. He has been to both the Athens and Beijing Games, but in both instances was eliminated in the middle of the tournament and before the medal rounds. Even so, Valentino has been a medal-winner at four World Championships, and collected heaps of awards from other international tournaments as well. He is a strong contender for a lightweight medal in London.
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Indian team write up:

At the 2012 Olympics, India won its first ever boxing medal when Vijender Singh captured a bronze at middleweight. Singh, who will make his third trip to the Olympics, returns as something of a sports star in his homeland, and is coming off of big gold medal-wins at the 2010 Commonwealth and Asian games to boot. If anything, Singh's chances for bagging a medal in London look better than they were in Beijing.

Yet Singh is only one of what is currently a five-man squad going to the London Games: Devendro Singh at light flyweight; Jai Bhagwan at lightweight; Manoj Kumar at light welterweight; and Vikas Krishan Yadav at welterweight. Like Singh, light welterweight Manoj Kumar (not to be confused with the Bollywood actor) won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and Yadav is emerging from a very distinguished background in the international youth amateur circuit. Jai Bhagwan and Devendro Singh earned their berths by upsetting several higher ranked rivals. More Indian fighters may yet qualify and go to London.

Fans of professional boxing should pay close attention to how the Indian squad does at the 2012 London Games, because sports fans in India certainly will be. Earning good results in London could parlay into much greater exposure for boxing in India, which in turn might very possibly lead to India making quite a splash in professional boxing down the road.

Remember that there was no professional boxing industry in the former Communist Bloc prior to 1989 and 1991. With the fall of Communism, many Eastern European amateur stars turned pro. Now Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Romanian and other former Communist Bloc boxers are fixtures on the world pro scene, and it would be impossible to imagine boxing today without them.

Just because India is only now making ripples in Olympic boxing does not mean that a big splash in professional boxing might not be right around the corner. Consistent success at a high profile venue like the Olympics can only help to fertilize the growth of the sport, amateur and professional, back in India. The growth of boxing in a country with a population of over one billion can only mean more talent taking the sport by storm.
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Still angers me that Callum Smith isnt there
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any word of joe ward getting a wildcard??
Yeah a lot of boxing people in the know have been saying there fairly confident that Joe will get the place .
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Still angers me that Callum Smith isnt there
No one to blame but himself imo wasnt the highway robbery some poeple are saying, it was a close fight that Smith could have won with ease instead he decided to stay right in front of the other chap and got tagged with stupid shots.
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No one to blame but himself imo wasnt the highway robbery some poeple are saying, it was a close fight that Smith could have won with ease instead he decided to stay right in front of the other chap and got tagged with stupid shots.
Fair enough in all honesty what more angers me is the number of Turks qualifying.

I think im right in saying there is a London lad fighting for Ghana who qualified for the Olympics?
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