27th July 2012

Boxing expert and friend of BritishBoxers Jessi Jackalope previews our British Boxing Olympic hopefuls and gives her views on the potential medal winners.

First round draws

Anthony Joshua 
Great Britain’s heavyweight hope, was handed a first round bout against Cuban Erislandy Savon, nephew of the great three-time Olympic champion Felix Savon. 
Anthony Ogogo 
At middleweight Anthony was matched with Junior Castillo of the Dominican Republic, against whom he will get the GB squads campaign under way on Saturday. Reigning
world champion and top seed Evgen Khytrov awaiting in the next round if he beats Castillo. 
Natasha Jonas 
Natasha was given the toughest of draws when she was paired with American Queen Underwood in the women’s lightweight division – with the winner due to face four-time world champion Taylor in the quarter-finals. 
Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Thomas Stalker, Nicola Adams and Savannah
were given first round byes on account of their seedings, as
were Ireland’s Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Katie Taylor. 
Fred Evans starts against Algeria’s Ilyas Abbadi. 
Josh Taylor could meet former world champion Domenico Valentino if he gets past Brazil’s Robson Conceicao.
Stalker’s second round match will be against either India’s Jai Bhagwan or Serdar Hudayberdiyev of Turkmenistan, while Selby will open against either Salomo Ntuve of Sweden or Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan.
Campbell’s bye is followed by a meeting with the winner of the first round bout between Italy’s Jahyn Parrinello and and Jonas Matheus of Namibia.
Campbell’s bantamweight rival John Joe Nevin will get Ireland’s campaign underway on Saturday when he faces Dennis Ceylan of Denmark in his opening bout. With Campbell and Nevin in opposite sides of the draw, a meeting in the gold medal match is possible.
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