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James DeGale (Gold)
Tony Jefferies (Bronze)
Billy Joe Saunders
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James Frederick DeGale (born February 3, 1986, Hammersmith, London) Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist.
The southpaw Londoner fights as a switchhitter. At the Commonwealth Games 2006 he won Bronze when he lost to Jarrod Fletcher. At the first qualifier he edged out Darren Sutherland 23-22 and qualified.
DeGale represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Middleweight boxing event, winning the gold medal. In the quarter finals he beat a former Olympic gold medalist from Athens (Bakhtiyar Artayev) and in the semi-final once again beat the Irishman Darren Sutherland(prior to this latest meeting the boxers had fought five times with Sutherland winning four and Degale only one). In the final Degale won a scrappy and bad tempered affair against the Cuban Emilio Correa who was deducted two points in the first round for biting Degales shoulder. Currently DeGale is mulling over a reported £1m contract to turn professional, or to stay an amateur to defend his title in London 2012.
World amateur championships results 2007 (as a middleweight):-
Lost to Alfonso Blanco (Venezuela) 13-28
Olympic results 2008:-
- Defeated Mohamed Hikal (Egypt) 13-4
- Defeated Shawn Estrada (USA) 11-5
- Defeated Bakhtiyar Artayev (Kazakhstan) 8-3
- Defeated Darren Sutherland (Ireland) 10-3
- Defeated Emilio Correa (Cuba) 16-14
Tony David "Jaffa" Jeffries (born 2 March 1985 in Sunderland.) won a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Life and Career
Tony Jeffries was born in Sunderland and grew up around the East Herrington area of the city whilst attending Farringdon Community Sports College. He began to box at the age of ten, inspired by his uncle William Young "Billy" Bryce, a former professional boxer. He joined Sunderland Amateur Boxing Club, and in 1999 won the School Boys' Championships and gold in the European Cadets (U17) in 2001.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games he lost to Scottish winner Kenny Anderson at light-heavy.
At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Christopher Downs and Ramazan Magomedov, but lost to Kazakhstan southpaw Yerkebuian Shynaliyev. He did, however, qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics, becoming the first ever boxer from Tyne and Wear to do so. He won a bronze medal after losing to the Irish Boxer Kenny Egan in the semi-final round. Not long after he represented his medal to the Sunderland people at the Stadium of Light, being a supporter of Sunderland A.F.C.. Jeffries signed professional forms with promoter Dennis Hobson during the half-time break of Sunderlands match against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 29th November after a row over unpaid bonuses from the Amateur Boxing Association of England.
Olympic games results 2008 (as a Light heavyweight)
• 1st round bye
• Defeated Eleider Álvarez (Colombia) 5-5
• Defeated Imre Szellő (Hungary) 10-2
• Lost to Kenneth Egan (Ireland) 3-10
World amateur championships results
2007 (as a Light heavyweight)
• Defeated Daniel Kooij (Netherlands) 13-6
• Defeated Christopher Downs (United States) 18-9
• Defeated Ramazan Magomedov (Belarus) 16-8
• Lost to Yerkabulan Shinaliev (Kazakhstan) 9-20
Frankie Raymond Gavin (born September 28, 1985) from Birmingham, who won the gold medal at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships to become English boxing's first ever World Amateur champion.
Domestically as an amateur, Gavin represented the Birmingham's Hall Green boxing club with whom he won the English ABA championship in 2005 and 2007 and a 4 Nations championship in 2005.
Internationally, Gavin defeated Giovanni Frontin of Mauritius to win a gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the lightweight (60kg) division. That year he won bronze at the European Union Championships losing to Domenico Valentino in the semi final. Gavin has beaten him twice since. At the European Championships 2006 he lost to Olexandr Klyuchko.
2007 World Championships
At the 2007 World Championships he first beat reigning World silver medallist and fellow southpaw Romal Amanov of Azerbaijan scoring a knockdown. Frankie then caused a huge upset by defeating Russian superstar Aleksei Tishchenko, unbeaten in four years, to reach the final where he beat Italian Domenico Valentino 19:10.
2007 AIBA World Amateur Championships Held In Chicago
* Defeated Omar Ward (Barbados) RSC 3 (0:50)
* Defeated Merey Akshalov (Kazakhstan) 20-9
* Defeated Ramal Amanov (Azerbaijan) 21-10
* Defeated Onur Sipal (Turkey) 16-7
* Defeated Alexei Tichtchenko (Russia) 19-10
* Defeated Domenico Valentino (Italy) 18-10
He recently stepped up a weight and won the E.U. tournament in Poland receiving boxer of the tournament as well. As of 2007 he has won 100 of his 121 amateur contests.
2008 Summer Olympics
Gavin was Great Britain's best hope of a boxing medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but was unable to make the weight and was therefore unable to compete.
In October 2008, Gavin announced that he would turn professional. He signed a contract with promotor Frank Warren and agreed to be trained by Anthony Farnell in Manchester. He made his debut with Olympians James Degale and Billy Joe Saunders which he won with a 4th round stoppage.
Billy Joe Saunders (born August 30, 1989), who after a distinguished junior career qualified for the 2008 Olympics.
"Caravan Kid" Saunders lives with his family on a Travellers' encampment near Hatfield, Hertfordshire and fights for Hoddesdon ABC. Originally from Cheshunt, Saunders is the great-grandson of one of Britain's most famous Romany bareknuckle champions, Absolom Beeney. His father Tom, a former amateur, also admits to being involved in a bareknuckle scrap once "to sort things out, the way the Travelling community does".
The southpaw won his first 49 amateur fights at senior level in a row, including the Commonwealth Championships in 2007 and the Strandya Cup 2008 edging out Cuban Carlos Banteaux.
In 2008 Saunders qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the Welterweight division at the age of 18. Saunders qualified at the European area qualifier in Pescara, Italy. He beat European champion Andrey Balanov and Kakhaber Zhvania , he lost his semi to Oleksandr Stretskyy before beating the Slovakian, Pavol Hlavacka for the all-important third spot. He went to Beijing as the first person from the British Romany Gypsy community to qualify for the games, where he was defeated in the second round of the welterweight division. He was subsequently suspended for "lewd behaviour", allegedly pertaining to an incident with a local woman during a pre-season training camp in France. In early December 2008 Billy Joe signed professional terms along with James DeGale and Frankie Gavin with Frank Warren. Saunders is considered to be the next big thing in British boxing, with many believing his style is more suited to the professional ranks then James DeGale.
Saunders made his professional debut on 28 February 2009 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham against Attila Molnar. Billy Joe looked confident from the opening bell, landing hard combinations which were just too much for Molnar. In round two, a series of punches that landed flush on Molnar's chin caused the referee to stop the fight and save a dazed Molnar.
Joe Murray (born 3 January 1987) from Levenshulme, Manchester. He is best known for winning a medal at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships at bantamweight.
He is also the brother of the British Lightweight champion John Murray.
Murray, a former room-mate of Amir Khan, represented the Moss Side ABC in the British championships semi-finals in 2006 winning a silver medal.
At the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago Murray defeated Carlos Cuadras, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mauritian, southpaw, Bruno Julie by 26:19. He lost to Enkhbatyn Badar-Uuganin in the semis and won Bronze.
He joined teammates Frankie Gavin and Bradley Saunders in the medal ranks to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Murray was defeated in the first round of the Beijing Olympics by China's Gu Yu with a score of 17-7. Coach Terry Edwards complained about the scoring of the bout as being "very generous to the chinese" although he admitted that Murray hadn't boxed "his best" and was outboxed.