Next generation from GB Boxing squad selected to compete in 2018 GB Boxing Championships in Sheffield

6th November 2018

TEN men and women from the GB Boxing squad will compete in the GB Boxing Championships 2018 at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield on Thursday 6 December 2018 (doors open at 6.

45pm, boxing begins at 7.30pm). The event will feature some of the best up-and-coming young boxers in Great Britain. Ten of the contests will pit the winners of the 2018 Elite Three Nations competition (which is contested by the winners of the 2018 National Championships in England, Scotland and Wales) against a boxer from the GB Boxing squad. Tickets are on sale now priced £10 at www.ticketsdirect.org.uk/gbchamps. Groups who purchase ten tickets will receive two free tickets. The GB Boxing selection includes Bradford's Harris Akbar who will be defending the welterweight title he won in style at last year's event when he defeated Scotland's Stephen Newns. Akbar said: -I am really looking forward to the GB Championships and defending my title. It is always a good show to be part of. It is great entertainment for the crowd and, as a boxer, you can sense the buzz that it creates when you are in the ring. -Getting the win last year felt amazing and I can't wait to put on another great performance this year. -The event is close to my hometown of Bradford, so I am hoping to get lots of support from the fans on the night. Other defending champions include light-heavyweight, George Crotty and female welterweight, Omarah Taylor. The GB Boxing Championships will feature eight men's weights and five for women. Boxers from the GB Boxing squad have been selected to compete in 10 of the categories. Any boxer that defeats a member of the GB Boxing squad will secure the opportunity of an assessment to join the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) as a funded athlete. The full line-up is: Women: 51kg Stephanie Kernachan (SCO) v Helen Jones (WALES) 57kg Raven Chapman (GB) v Victoria Glover (SCOT) 60kg Hannah Robinson (ENG) v Shanice James (ENG) 69kg Omarah Taylor (GB) v Laura Stevens (ENG) 75kg Kerry Davies (GB) v Elena Narozanski (ENG) Men: 49kg Connor Kelsall (ENG) v Benn Norman (ENG) 52kg Kiaran MacDonald (GB) v Matthew McHale (SCOT) 64kg Sean Spence (SCOT) v Elliott Whale (ENG) 69kg Harris Akbar (GB) v Tyler Jolly (SCOT) 75kg Lewis Richardson (GB) v Ramtin Musah (ENG) 81kg George Crotty (GB) v Patrick Allen-Cripps (ENG) 91kg Lewis Williams (GB) v Scott Forrest (SCOT) 91+kg Courtney Bennet (ENG) v Mitchell Barton (SCOT)

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