Nicola Adams will lead Great Britain's largest Olympic boxing team in 32 years
The Olympic boxing team that Great Britain is sending to Rio will include a reigning Olympic champion, a fighter named "Muhammad Ali" and the only boxer to score a victory over American powerhouse Claressa Shields.
The second-to-last men's Olympic qualifying tournament concluded last week, and Great Britain was able to secure quota spots in all previously unqualified men's weight classes. Therefore they will have a full men's lineup (one boxer in all 10 weight classes), as well as fighters in two of the three women's divisions. In total, Great Britain will field 12 boxers at the Rio Games, making it the country's largest delegation since the 1984 Olympics.
Great Britain has a storied history in Olympic boxing, ranking third all-time in total medals (53) and gold medals (17). They're also coming off a successful outing on home soil four years ago at the London Games, where they captured three golds and five medals overall. One of their gold medalists from that year, Anthony Joshua, has since turned pro and now holds a share of the world heavyweight title.
This year's squad will feature one returning gold medalist: Nicola Adams. Adams, now 33, captured her first world title in May and will be favored to defend her Olympic flyweight championship this summer.
Other medal hopefuls include Savannah Marshall (2016 World bronze medalist and the only woman whom reigning Olympic middleweight champion Claressa Shields has lost to), Antony Fowler (2013 World bronze medalist) and Joe Joyce (2015 World bronze medalist and European Games champion). There is also 2014 Youth Olympic bronze medalist Muhammad Ali, who is named after – but not related to – the legendary American boxer.
The full roster for Great Britain's Olympic boxing team is below.
Men's light flyweight (49kg/108 lbs): Galal Yafai
Men's flyweight (52kg/114 lbs): Muhammad Ali
Men's bantamweight (56kg/123 lbs): Qais Ashfaq
Men's lightweight (60kg/132 lbs): Joe Cordina
Men's light welterweight (64kg/141 lbs): Pat McCormack
Men's welterweight (69kg/152 lbs): Josh Kelly
Men's middleweight (75kg/165 lbs): Antony Fowler
Men's light heavyweight (81kg/178 lbs): Joshua Buatsi
Men's heavyweight (91kg/201 lbs): Lawrence Okolie
Men's superheavyweight (91+kg/201+ lbs): Joe Joyce
Women's flyweight (51kg/112 lbs): Nicola Adams
Women's middleweight (75kg/165 lbs): Savannah Marshall