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Tokyo 2020: Meet Team GB Olympians and find out when they fight

Team GB boxing set to kick off Olympic hopes on Saturday

Team GB have named an 11-strong Olympic boxing side
Team GB have named an 11-strong Olympic boxing side

It will be a ghostly environment in Tokyo for Olympians, with the event postponed from 2020 now moved to this year, and without fans.

For the British team, the boxing tournament represents plenty of chances to win medals, with Team GB stacked full of talent.

There are 11 boxers that form Team GB at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, with seven males and four female participants.

GB Boxing Team – Men

Frazer Clarke – super heavyweight

The 29-year-old from Burton is a big hope for Gold in Japan. Overlooked for the 2012 Olympics in London, where Anthony Joshua took Gold and the nation’s hearts, and for the 2016 games in Rio in favour of Joe Joyce, who claimed Silver, Clarke has been part of the Team GB fold for over ten years.

The team captain has a Commonwealth Games Gold in 2018, and will be a strong contender to medal at least.

‘The Eraser’ has a bye in round one. He faces Ukraine’s Tsotne Rogava in the round of 16.

Frazer Clarke will captain the Team GB boxing team Photo Credit: Sam Mellish/GB Boxing
Frazer Clarke will captain the Team GB boxing team Photo Credit: Sam Mellish/GB Boxing

Frazer Clarke (GB) v Tsotne Rogava (UKR) – Thursday July 29, 04:36 GMT

Cheavon Clarke – heavyweight

Cheavon Clarke represented Jamaica at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and after switching allegiance to Great Britain, he has seen encouraging results, including a Bronze at the 2019 European Championships.

The 30-year-old has received a bye in round one, and will enter his tournament at the last 16 stage, where he meets Brazil’s top ten ranked Abner Teixeira.

Cheavon Clarke (GB) v Abner Teixeira (BRA) – Tuesday July 27, 10:18 GMT

Ben Whittaker – light heavyweight

Young West Bromwich talent Ben Whittaker had a superb 2019, where he medalled at the World (Bronze) and European Championships (Silver). As a result of these strong showings, Whittaker was ranked third by the AIBA in their last published rankings, and he faces Colombia’s, Jorge Luis Vivas in the last 32.

Ben Whittaker (GB) v Jorge Luis Vivas (COL) – Sunday July 25, 06:27 GMT

Pat McCormack – welterweight

One of two brothers to represent Team GB, Pat McCormack will travel to Tokyo for his second taste of Olympic action.

He appeared in the Rio games, and was defeated at the last 16 stage by Cuba’s Yasniel Toledo, but has come on in leaps and bounds since, winning Gold at the EU Championships, Commonwealth Games in 2018, and at the European Games in 2019.

The 26-year-old takes on the winner of the last 32 tie between Nekat Ekinci and Aliaksandr Radzionau.

Pat McCormack (GB) v Nekat Ekinci (TUR)/Aliaksandr Radzionau (BLR) – Tuesday July 27, 03:00 GMT

Luke McCormack – lightweight

Pat’s twin brother Luke is the British representative at 63kg, and he is vastly experienced in the unpaid code.

A 2017 European Championships Silver Medallist, much is expected from the man from Sunderland in Japan. He opens his campaign against India’s Manish Kaushik at the last 32 stage.

Luke McCormack (GB) v Manish Kaushik (IND) – Sunday July 25, 10:36 GMT

Peter McGrail – featherweight

A massive hope for a medal, and a real potential for a Gold one, is Liverpool’s Peter McGrail.


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A product of the famous Everton Red Triangle Club, McGrail is also a Commonwealth and European champion, and has had his sights firmly set on at least a medal in Tokyo, before he is expected to turn professional. He kickstarts his chase for glory against Thailand’s Chatchai-decha Butdee.

Peter McGrail (GB) v Chatchai-decha Butdee (THA) – Saturday July 24, 10:03 GMT

Galal Yafai – flyweight

The youngest Yafai off the production line is Galal Yafai, and the Birmingham native looks to follow in the footsteps of brothers Kal, a former world champion as a professional, and Gamal, a former European champion.


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Galal took part in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, where he was ousted at the last 16 stage by Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos. Another Commonwealth champion, Yafai begins his quest for a medal against Armenia’s Koryun Soghomonyan.

Galal Yafai (GB) v Koryun Soghomonyan (ARM) – Monday July 26, 09:15 GMT

Team GB – Ladies

Lauren Price – middleweight

Lauren Price was an international footballer for Wales, but caught the boxing bug after watching Nicola Adams strike the first female Gold for Great Britain in 2012.


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A Commonwealth and world champion, Price is a firm favourite to medal in Japan, and the 75kg representative will make her Olympic bow against Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat in the last 16.

Lauren Price (GB) v Myagmarjargal Munkhbat (MNG) – Wednesday July 28, 03:30 GMT

Caroline Dubois – lightweight

One to watch, and a real hope of a medal, is Caroline Dubois. Dubois is of course, the sister of professional heavyweight, Daniel, and she has forged a highly respectable amateur ledger so far.

A prolific winner on the youth circuit, including Gold at the Youth Olympics, Caroline has made the step up to the senior level impressively, qualifying for Tokyo with a Silver medal at the European Boxing Olympic Qualification tournament. Dubois opens against Donjeta Sadiku of Kosovo in the last 32.

Caroline Dubois (GB) v Donjeta Sadiku (KOS) – Tuesday July 27, 05:24 GMT

Karriss Artingstall – featherweight

A medallist at World and European Championships, 26-year-old Karriss Artingstall will hope to go to another level to secure a podium finish at the Games.

She will begin her campaign against Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi in the round of 32.

Karris Artingstall (GB) v Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi (BWA) – Saturday July 24, 09:15 GMT

Charley Davison – flyweight

As a mother of three, Charley Davison took a seven-year break from the sport as she started a family, but is back with a vengeance as she seeks to achieve at the Tokyo Olympics.

Davison qualified through the European Boxing Olympic Qualification tournament in June this year, and she will begin her tournament against Rabab Cheddar of Morocco at the last 32 stage.

Charley Davison (GB) v Rabab Cheddar (MAR) – Sunday July 25, 10:03 GMT