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Team GB Name Muhammad Ali In Boxing Squad

Team GB Name Muhammad Ali In Boxing Squad

Team GB have named flyweight boxer Muhammad Ali in their Olympic boxing squad, with no professionals travelling to compete in Brazil.

Nicola Adams, who claimed Gold in the 2012 Olympics on home soil, is also in the squad which is the largest Team GB squad in 32 years.

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But the scope is on highly-rated Ali, who will be hoping to continue the legacy left by his late, great namesake. The Bury-born flyweight is considered to be one of the most promising young boxers in the UK, a view that his shared by former world light-welterweight Amir Khan, who trains at the same gym that helped Khan rise to prominence.

He said: "Muhammad has really caught my eye already - he's got a lot of talent and has already accomplished so much at a young age."

Team GB are currently third in the overall boxing medal table with 53 at the Olympic games - 17 Gold, 12 Silver and 24 Bronze. No doubt they will be looking to add to that total with such a talented group heading out to Rio this summer.

Here is the squad in full:

Women:

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Nicola Adams, 33, Leeds (flyweight, -51kg)

Savannah Marshall, 25, Hartlepool (middleweight, -60kg)

Men:

Galal Yafai, 23, Birmingham (light flyweight, -49kg)

Muhammad Ali, 20, Bury (flyweight -52kg)

Qais Ashfaq, 23, Leeds (bantamweight -56kg)

Joe Cordina, 24, Cardiff (lightweight -60kg)

Pat McCormack, 21, Birtley (light welterweight -64kg)

Josh Kelly, 22, Sunderland (welterweight -69kg)

Antony Fowler, 25, Liverpool (middleweight -75kg)

Joshua Buatsi, 23, South Croydon (light heavyweight -81kg)

Lawrence Okolie, 23, London (heavyweight -91kg)

Joe Joyce, 30, London (super heavyweight +91kg)

Topics: Team GB, muhammad ali, 2016 Olympics

 

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