Anthony Ogogo confirmed with spot in GB podium squad

THE GB Boxing management have this week revealed their podium and development squads as they head into a vital year that includes the World Championships in Azerbaijan.

And Lowestoft's Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Anthony Ogogo, has extra reason to celebrate as he is the only middleweight in the Men's Podium Squad.

Middleweight Frank Buglioni drops to the development squad, and he is joined in this squad by middleweight Keiron Harding.

It promises to be a very busy year ahead for Ogogo and the GB team.

With the prestigious World Championships – which doubles up as an Olympic qualifying event – to be fought in September, the GB squad members could also be boxing at the European Championships in June, with the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) planning to move the tournament from 2012 to this year.

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So it will be an intense year of competition ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, with Britain's best amateur boxers having to keep up the highest of standards or risk losing their place in the team.

'The make-up of the squad reflects performances in 2010,' said Rob McCracken, performance director of the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA).

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'The existing members did extremely well at the men's European Championships and the women's worlds and we have added to it with those that did particularly well in domestic competitions and the Commonwealth Games.

'The major priorities for 2011 are the men's World Championships in Azerbaijan in September and the women's European Championships in Holland in October.

'The men's World's is an Olympic qualifying event so all of the boxers are focused on establishing themselves as the number one boxer at their weight and being selected for this critically important event ahead of 2012,' added McCracken.

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