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Saunders secures Beijing ticket

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Durham light-welterweight Bradley Saunders has qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, becoming the second English fighter to do so after Joe Murray's win on Tuesday.

Great Britain now already has one more qualifier than in 2004, when Amir Kahn boxed his way to silver in Athens, and there could well be more to come.

So is the current crop of British amateurs better than ever before? Is British boxing in the midst of a purple pacth? Is funding for boxing in Britain bearing fruit? Who do you credit for the success?

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posted Oct 31, 2007

I watched Bradley Saunders as a 17yr old fight at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield back in 2004, I was impressed by him then, but since then he seems to have gone up a level. Not sure how far he'll get in Olympics, but I hope he does well, as he's a cracking lad.

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posted Oct 31, 2007

Are there any other relatively unknowns we should be looking out for????

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posted Nov 1, 2007

I don't really follow amateur boxing too closely, but its obviously great to get a good contingent at the olympics and suggests the grass roots is in pretty good shape. In the more recent article, Gavin suggests the funding has made a difference to him so that's positive to hear.

Well done and good luck to all he boys

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posted Nov 1, 2007

"In addition, inexperienced Belfast light flyweight Patrick Barnes has claimed Ireland's first Olympic berth and will square off for a medal against Chinese star Zou Shiming." Looks like the brits are tring to claim success for Paddys Barnes' achievements, thats even though hes boxing for Ireland & has an Irish passport. This is an overused tactic used by the brits, its exactly the same with andy murray when hes doing well hes british & when hes not doing well hes scottish!(my opinion is based on the positioning of Barnes' story in the article & suggests that hes part of the british success story)

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posted Nov 1, 2007

Hold on, they list him as an Irish fighter, from Belfast?
How on earth are they trying to claim anything?

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posted Nov 1, 2007

NI residents can claim dual nationality, so if an individual chooses to represent the republic then it's up to them.

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posted Nov 1, 2007

Denton Vassel is the up & coming prospect, better than Khan & Mitchell & Cleverly. He knocked out a guy in 30 seconds when the big hope in Kerry Hope (or some punk like that) took 6 rounds against the same mug!

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