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The Commonwealth Hopes

Who's got the best chance of claiming a gold?

Posted Oct 08, 2010 by Shaun Edwards

Saunders is a great young hope

With the Commonwealth games now underway, it’s time to take a look at the British Boxers who will be hoping to make an impact on their respective weight divisions, as well as giving themselves the potential to earn a professional boxing contract. One of the bright sparks at the games will be Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes in the light flyweight division.  Having won Bronze in Beijing two years ago, and then the Gold in the European Championships, it’s going to take a lot to beat the 23 year old. Iain Weaver is another young man with a great chance at bringing home a gold in the featherweight division.  Even though he’s just 20, he’s already won the test event, so there’s no good reason why he can’t go on and obtain the Gold.  With such ability at such a young age, I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t end up with a pro contract soon enough, too. It will be intriguing to see which Bradley Saunders turns up as well.  Having had a roundly miserable time of it at the Beijing Olympics, Saunders then won gold at the 2009 EU Championships, so it’s obvious that he has potential.  If he comes to Delhi in the right frame of mind, then there’s every chance he’ll get a gold. Simon Vallily is another boxer who has the potential to achieve at least a Bronze, depending on which mind-set he chooses to adopt.  He’s already triumphed in the test event, so there is definitely potential for a victory.  However, with his biggest victory being a bronze, there is definitely work to be done, and he may find it more prudent to target the 2012 Olympics with the home advantage instead. Andrew Wyn Jones could well be the best chance for a home champion, though, in the super-heavyweight division.  As British champion, the Welshman has power and talent.  Hopefully he’ll come home with the Gold, though there is definitely a question mark by his name that he will be hoping to remove, having not actually obtained an international medal before.   

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