Boxing: Gearing up for Rio

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The new batch of Sheffield-based Olympic boxing hopefuls are gearing up for their assault on Rio’s games in 2016.

An essential aspect of their development is the participation in international tournaments along the way, where they will come up against likely opponents and witness the day-to-day stresses of tournament boxing.

Essex lad Danny Dignum has recently been in Costanta, Romania to compete in the famed Golden Belt tournament.

“It was a good tournament and it was very good to beat the Cuban but I got a bit of a dodgy decision against the Moldovan boxer,” the 21-year-old middleweight told Grass Roots.

“It’s a grade A competition and I did well to get a medal in my first tournament.

“I’ve only been on the squad for six months.

“We all want to get to Rio and to go we have to perform well in tournaments.”

The boxing stars are selected from all over the United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland whose boxers represent Ireland, and then hone their skills at the purpose built EIS.

Dignum’s bronze in that tournament is an excellent start and he expects that the facilities at EIS are aiding his development.

He added: “They are the best, we’ve got the best coaches, the best physios, the best of everything and you can only get better in that environment.

“We were one of the most successful countries at boxing and London and it’s up to us to keep that going.”