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Ben Dirs squares upto Frankie Gavin
"Stepping into a boxing ring with Britain's only ever amateur world champion while his mates, and fellow Olympians, heckle you from ringside"

That's not the Oxford English Dictionary definition of 'intimidation', but I can now tell you with confidence that it ruddy well should be.

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I joined the BBC Sport website as a callow (yet surprisingly leathery) youth in 2001 and spend many an hour wondering where the last seven years of my life have gone.

In that time, I have worked my way up from the position of office muggins to the giddy heights of "that bloke who talks a load of old rubbish about cricket and stuff".

Boxing is my real passion, although I had never laced up a pair of gloves in anger before being slapped around the ring by Frankie Gavin, Britain's only ever amateur world champion and a big hope for gold in Beijing, in March of this year.

Team GB have eight boxing representatives in Beijing, seven more than last time in Athens, and I will be reporting on their progress. Here's hoping at least one of them can go one better than Amir Khan four years ago and bring home a gold back to Blighty.

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