Nine GB boxers still in the hunt for Rio 2016 places, plus schedule

GB Boxing 14/04/2016

NINE members of the GB Boxing squad are one win away from qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio following victories in yesterday’s quarter-finals in the European Continental Qualification Event in Samsun, Turkey, 7-17 April 2016.

The nine boxers that will be competing for a place at Rio in tomorrow’s semi-finals are: Nicola Adams, Galal Yafai, Muhammad Ali, Qais Ashfaq, Joe Cordina, Antony Fowler, Joshua Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie and Joe Joyce.

Rob McCracken, Performance Director, GB Boxing, said: “The team has performed superbly and it is very good to have reached a point where we have nine boxers one win away from qualification however the job is not yet completed. This is an extremely tough competition and our boxers need to ensure they keep their focus and maintain the level of performance that has got them this far.”

Tomorrow’s semi-finals and the finals and third-place box-offs on Saturday and Sunday will be shown live on the BBC’s red button service, online and connected.

Only two qualification places are available for women, so the reigning Olympic champion, Nicola Adams, will need to win her semi-final tomorrow against Marielle Hansen of Norway of France to guarantee a place at Rio. If she is not successful, Adams will have a second opportunity to qualify at the forthcoming Women’s World Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan (19-27 May 2016).

Three qualification places for Rio are available at each of the men’s weight categories at this tournament so any of the eight men from Great Britain that win their semi-final tomorrow will secure a place at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Any that lose will have second opportunity to qualify in a box-off for the third qualification spot which will take place on Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th April. These will also be shown live on the on the BBC’s red button service, online and connected.

Full details of the BBC’s coverage is listed below (timings for all of the bouts are approximate).

Friday 15th April

1200-1530: Afternoon session
· Nicola Adams (GB) vs Marielle Hansen (NOR) – Approx 1215
· Galal Yafai (GB) vs Samuel Carmona (ESP) – 1345
· Qais Ashfaq (GB) vs Mykola Butsenko (UKR) – 1400
· Antony Fowler (GB) vs Christian Mbilli Assomo (FRA) – 1500

1600-1900: Evening session
Muhammad Ali (GB) vs CDakiel Asenov (BUL) – 1615
Joe Cordina (GB) vs David Joyce (IRE) – 1645
Joshua Buatsi (GB) vs Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR) – 1745
Lawrence Okolie (GB) vs Abdulkadir Abdullayev (AZE) – 1800
Joe Joyce (GB) vs Istvan Bernath (HUN) – 1845

Saturday 16th April

1200-1400: Afternoon session
1600-1800: Evening session (Red Button – joining 30 mins late because of Final Score)

Sun 17th April

1200-1440: Afternoon session
1600-1800: Evening session

Results will be posted at www.gbboxing.org.uk and on Twitter at @gbboxing.