Europe represents the boxing event of the Tokyo Olympic Games with 92 boxers from 24 nations21 July 2021
The European boxers are in the final stage of the preparations and the Olympic Games is in their focus. Altogether 24 European nations can send boxers to the Olympic Games to Japan where the continent will have 92 boxers including 33 women. The official draw of the Olympic Games will be held in the late evening of the 22nd of July in Tokyo.
Many of the European boxers are among the medal favourites and title contenders in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. Great Britain and the Russian Olympic Committee’s team will be covering 11 out of the 13 weight categories but Ireland, France, Turkey and Azerbaijan can send also at least five boxers. Several of the European teams arrived to Tokyo earlier this month to acclimatize to the local environments, time difference, temperature, humidity and weather conditions.
The most experienced woman boxer of the whole world Finland’s Mira Potkonen will be the oldest participant from Europe with strong medal expectations while two of the 2001 born talents as Great Britain’s Caroline Dubois, Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic will be the youngest boxers in Tokyo.
Great Britain’s best woman hope is their youngest boxer, Youth Olympic Games winner Caroline Dubois (60kg) who can produce sensational results. AIBA Women’s World Champion Lauren Price (75kg) and AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Pat McCormack (69kg) are their further gold medal favourites in Tokyo. All of their team further team members especially Galal Yafai (52kg), Peter McGrail (57kg), Luke McCormack (63kg), Benjamin Whittaker (81kg), Frazer Clarke (+91kg), and Karriss Artingstall (57kg) have got all the skills, experiences to reach strong results in Tokyo.
The Russian Olympic Committee’s team contains also 11 boxers as the British squad, only the women’s lightweight (60kg) and the men’s flyweight (52kg) are their gaps. Among their male boxers Albert Batyrgaziev (57kg) and AIBA World Champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (91kg) are strong favourites in their weight categories. Their further champions as Zenfira Magomedalieva (women’s 75kg), veteran Andrei Zamkovoy (69kg), and Gleb Bakshi (75kg) are among the gold medal contenders in Tokyo.
Ireland’s best weapon could be 2018 AIBA Women’s World Champion Kellie Harrington at the lightweight (60kg) who proved amazing performance in Paris one and half month ago. The Irish boxing team is seven-strong which means their delegation is the third largest ones among the European squads. France’s trio Billal Bennama (52kg), Samuel Kistohurry (57kg) and Olympic Games silver medallist Sofiane Oumiha (63kg) are favourites of their categories.
Turkey never claimed any gold medals in the Olympic Games yet but their powerful women’s duo, Busenaz Cakiroglu (51kg) and Busenaz Surmeneli (69kg) can write history for them. Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak is the main gold medal contender of the men’s middleweight (75kg), he performed perfect record in the whole Olympic cycle. Azerbaijan earned five spots while Spain qualified record number of four boxers to the Games.
The following European nations will represent the boxing event of the Tokyo Olympic Games:
– Great Britain, Russian Olympic Committee: 11 boxers
– Ireland: 7 boxers
– France, Turkey: 6 boxers
– Azerbaijan, Ukraine: 5 boxers
– Belarus, Italy, Poland, Spain: 4 boxers
– Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany: 3 boxers
– Croatia, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden: 2 boxers
– Finland, Hungary, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovakia: 1 boxer