Frazer Clarke leads British squad for Boxing Road to Tokyo qualifiers in London

The Buenos Aires 2018 YOG champion Caroline Dubois has also been included and is set to make her senior debut.

By ZK Goh ·

Great Britain Boxing have announced their team of 13 to compete at the Boxing Road to Tokyo European Olympic qualifiers on home soil in London from 14–24 March.

The squad is led by super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke, who has been with the national amateur set-up for more than 10 years and only just missed out on selection for both London 2012 and Rio 2016 to sparring partner Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce respectively.

Clarke, who won the Rio 2016 test event before being overlooked for Joyce, will finally get the chance to make the Olympic spot his own if he can win through the qualification tournament to be held at the Copper Box Arena in London's Olympic Park.

Two Rio Olympians – Galal Yafai (flyweight) and Pat McCormack (welterweight) – have also been included in the eight-strong men's selection, while the five women are led by middleweight world amateur champion Lauren Price.

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McCormack's fellow 2019 world medallists Peter McGrail (featherweight) and Ben Whittaker (light heavyweight) will both fancy their chances of winning a spot for Tokyo too, having been included after strong performances last year.

His twin brother Luke (lightweight), 2018 Commonwealth Games light-heavy champion Sammy Lee (middleweight), and European Games bronze medallist Cheavon Clarke (heavyweight) complete the men's team.

On the women's side, former Wales international footballer Price is the most experienced of the five nominated, with Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games champion Caroline Dubois (lightweight) at the other end of the scale as she moves into the senior ranks for the first time.

Featherweight Karriss Artingstall won bronze at last year's women's world championships.

The other two women are Charley Davison at flyweight and Rosie Eccles at welterweight.

"The men are a capable and battle-hardened group that have gained a lot of experience on the international circuit over the course of this Olympic cycle and know what is required to be successful at the top level," said GB Boxing's performance director Rob McCracken, who also coaches Anthony Joshua.

"The women’s squad has made good progress in the last 18 months and in Lauren Price we have an established world class boxer.

"Having the event in London is a great opportunity for the boxers and hopefully having the crowd on their side will inspire them to produce their best."

Each weight class will qualify four to eight boxers for the Olympic Games. Anyone who misses out will have a final chance at the World Qualification Tournament in Paris in May.