Great Britain's Rio 2016 Olympic boxing team member's Lawrence Okolie (-91kg Gold), Joe Joyce (91+), Joshua Buatsi (81kg) and Galal Yafai (49kg) MULTI SIGNED British Lionhearts commemorative glove.
The Glove was signed by the Olympian's whilst representing the British Lionhearts in the World Series Of Boxing.
Since their first campaign back in Season IV, the British Lionhearts have embodied the kind of pride, passion and honour that is synonymous with the sport of boxing. Third-place in their group behind defending champions Italia Thunder and eventual winners Astana Arlans was enough to reach the Play-Offs, where the team was narrowly eliminated by a resurgent Mexico Guerreros. A disappointing Season V saw the team win just 23 out of their 70 bouts, but the young side gained valuable experience and came out firing in Season VI, topping their group before securing passage to the Final with impressive wins over Ukraine Otamans and Astana Arlans. Only a superb Cuba Domadores performance halted the charge, and the Lionhearts return in Season VII with confidence high.
Lawrence Okolie (born 16 December 1992) is a British boxer selected for Team GB in 2016 Rio Olympics. He beat Igor Pawel Jakubowski from Poland on points in the Preliminary Round of the Rio Olympics. He then lost to Erislandy Savon of Cuba. He is from Hackney, London and attended Stoke Newington School.
On 18 January 2017, Okolie announced he was becoming a professional boxer, signing with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport. He will be fighting in the cruiserweight division.
The two-time English University National Champion Lawrence Okolie only came to boxing at the age of 17, but quickly established himself as a skilful heavyweight by taking third place at his first international competition, the 2015 Tammer Tournament. Joining the British Lionhearts for Season VI, Okolie’s win over USA Knockouts’ Cam F. Awesome was part of a crucial away win for the side as they got the season off to a brilliant start from which they have never looked back. The big-hitting Londoner followed that with a TKO against Mexico’s Jared Barraza, and took that confidence to Turkey for the AIBA Olympic Qualifier, where he beat Paul Biongolo in the final to take gold and a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
* 2016 – AIBA European Olympic Qualification Event (Samsun, TUR) 1st place – 91KG Won against Paul Omba Biongolo (FRA) WO in the final; Won against Abdulkadir Abdullayev (AZE) 3:0 in the semi-final; Won against Seyda Keser (TUR) 3:0 in the quarter-final; Won against Roy Korving (NED) 2:1 in the second preliminary round; Won against Cristian Constantinov (MDA) TKO 1st round in the first preliminary round.
* 2016 – Chemistry Cup (Halle, GER) 7th place – 91KG Lost to Igor Teziev (GER) 2:1 in the quarter-final.
* 2016 – World Series of Boxing Season 2016 6th Round – 91KG Won against Jared Barraza (MEX) TKO 1st round.
* 2016 – World Series of Boxing Season 2016 2nd Round – 91KG Won against Cam F. Awesome (USA) 2:1.
* 2015 – Tammer Tournament (Tampere, FIN) 3rd place – 91KG Lost to Rakhman Alzhanov (KAZ) WO in the semi-final; Won against Kevin Melhus (NOR) 3:0 in the quarter-final.
* 2015 – English University National Championships 1st place – 91KG.
* 2014 – English University National Championships 1st place – 91KG.
On 18 January 2017, Okolie announced he was becoming a professional boxer, signing with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport. He competes in the cruiserweight division.
Joseph "Joe" Joyce (born 19 September 1985) is a British amateur boxer.
Born to a Scots-born Irish father and a mother of Nigerian ancestry, Joyce grew up in London and studied at Elliott School, based in Putney. He took up boxing at the age of 22, injuries having curtailed his interest in track and field athletics, and joined Earlsfield ABC, based in Earlsfield, London.
He competed in the men's super heavyweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won the gold medal. He also won the title at the 2015 European Games in Baku.
Joyce won the super heavyweight class at the 2012 ABA Championships and 2012 GB Amateur Boxing Championships. He won the bronze in his class at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships after getting KOd by defending Russian champion Sergei Kuzmin in the semifinal. At the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships he was KOd again, this time by unsung Algerian Hamza Beguerni.
He had success during 2015 and 2016 in the World Series of Boxing, and in April 2016 won a gold medal at the European Olympic trials to qualify for the Olympics. On 21 August 2016 Joyce won the silver medal in the super heavyweight class at the 2016 Summer Olympics, losing in the final, on a split decision to Tony Yoka of France. It was the final medal won by Team GB at the Olympics.
Outside the ring, he is a proficient artist, having graduated with a 2:1 degree in fine arts from Middlesex University. In 2017, Joyce has displays with the Art of the Olympians.
Joshua Buatsi (born 14 March 1993) is a Ghanaian-born British boxer who competed and won a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the light heavyweight division.
Buatsi was born on 14 March 1993 in Accra, Ghana. After his family moved to the UK, they reside in Croydon, and he is studying at St Mary's University, Twickenham.
At the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Samsun, Turkey, Buatsi defeated Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak in his semifinal and Dutch boxer Peter Müllenberg in the final of the light-heavyweight tournament to secure his place in Rio as part of the Great Britain team.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's light-heavyweight competition, he defeated Elshod Rasulov of Uzbekistan with a third round knock-out, to progress to the quarter finals.
Galal Yafai (born 11 December 1992 in Birmingham, West Midlands) is a British boxer who has qualified to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
At the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Samsun, Turkey, Yafai defeated Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain by unanimous decision in his semifinal to secure his place in the Olympic light flyweight class. He won his round of 32 fight defeating Simplice Fotsala of Cameroon. He lost his Round of 16 fight to Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba.
He is the younger brother of boxers Khalid Yafai and Gamal Yafai.