British Amateur Championships to Take Place this Friday and Saturday

 Coverage/highlights of finals to be shown on Saturday on BBC1 at 2.30pm GMT.

The best amateur boxers from England, Scotland and Wales will face off with members of the GB Podium team this weekend with Olympic places up for grabs. Boxers already qualified for London 2012 as a result of making it to the quarter-finals of the World Amateur Championships in September are as follows:

Super Heavyweight: Anthony Joshua (Eng) - Welterweight: Fred Evans (Wal) - Light-welter: Thomas Stalker (Eng) Bantamweight: Luke Campbell (Eng) - Flyweight: Andrew Selby (Wal) and Khalid Yafai (Eng)

Selby won the silver medal at the World's, pushing the gold medal winner all the  way and losing by only one point. Yafai qualified by reaching the quarter-finals, so he and Selby take part in a best of three box-off series to see who gets the flyweight spot. Two of these fights will take place this weekend and if a third is needed it will happen at an Olympic test event at the Excel arena from 23-27 November.

Other categories where Olympic places are still available:

Heavyweight: Warren Baister has been selected for Great Britain and will be up against Lloyd Davies of                                         Wales, Stephen Lovelle from Scotland and Ben Llyemi from England. 

Lightweight:  the 2010 European silver medalist, Iain Weaver (GB) will compete against Joe Cordina (Wal),                                                           Charlie Flynn (Sco) and Sam Maxwell (Eng).                                    

Middleweight: Callum Smith (GB) goes up against Warren Sinden (Wal),Tommy Philbin (Sco)                                                                                       and John Dignum (Eng).

Light-flyweight: Last years champion, Charlie Edwards represents Great Britain against Wales' Ben Baker                                                                and England's Mohammed Waqas. 

GB does not currently have a Podium boxer at light-heavyweight, so it is an opportunity for Lawrence Osueke (GB) and Deion Jumah (England) from the Development squad and Scotland's James Cunningham to secure pole position ahead of next April's Olympic qualifier in Turkey.

*Also worth noting: According to his matchmaker Dean Powell, Frank Warren has just this week signed  25 year old 2007 World Amateur Championships light-welterweight bronze medallist and 2008 Olympian, Bradley Saunders. 


                * Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour

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