12 March 2020

Team GB boxers Caroline Dubois and Lauren Price target Tokyo 2020

Team GB boxers Caroline Dubois and Lauren Price are targeting Tokyo 2020, but first they will need to qualify at the European Olympic event in London.

Dubois is among one of the Olympic hopefuls who will be competing in the super bantamweight. The 19 year-old won gold at the 2018 Youth Olympics and was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2019.

She told BBC Sport: "People I know have been bigging me up. It's been a big confidence booster but I am not going in there with just praise, blowing my own trumpet. I am going in there knowing I can compete with them and I have to pull it out of the bag.

"Being 19 at the Olympics, God willing win the gold, that is not something many have done and is what I want to do.

"I want people to remember me as a great boxer. Not as one of the best female boxers but one of the best boxers, period. I want people to recognise that I am good and be inspired by me."

Price, 25, is the current middleweight world champion and is looking to clinch gold at Tokyo. 

"It will be massive to qualify for the Olympic Games but for me it's not just about that, it's about pushing on, I know some people qualify and they are just kind of think 'yeah I'm going to the Olympics'.

"For me I want to go and I want to win it, it would mean everything to me, it would top everything in my career so far," she added.

And her Welsh team-mate Rosie Eccles, who is the 2018 Commonwealth silver medallist in the welterweight, is also dreaming of competing at Tokyo.

She said: "All that hard work and now it is actually touching distance, qualify there, and then you're there, you're going and think about the medal."

Elsewhere, flyweight Charley Davidson will be back in the ring and last year's world bronze-medallist Karriss Artingstall will be fighting in the featherweight.

The men who will be competing to seal their Tokyo spot include Frazer Clarke, Pat McCormack, Peter McGrail, Ben Whittaker, Galal Yafai, Luke McCormack, Cheavon Clarke and Lewis Richardson. 

The week-long qualifier will begin on March 14 and will see 350 men and women box from around 40 countries at London's Copper Box Arena.

A total of 100 women and 186 men will qualify for Tokyo after several qualifiers have taken place from around the world.

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