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British Hopefuls Ready, Eager For The Olympic Games

The make-up of Great Britain's boxing team for the London 2012 Games was formally confirmed this week as the British Olympic Association rubber-stamped the selection of the 10-strong squad.

They will not need reminding that the last time the Games were held on home soil, a gold medal remained out of reach, with only the respective silvers of John Wright and Don Scott securing some reward for the hosts.

Hopes are much higher in 2012, and here the 10 selected boxers reveal to Press Association Sport their hopes and expectations for the Games ahead:

Andrew Selby (flyweight): "It's getting a bit more nerve-racking now the Games are approaching, but to be honest I'm more worried about all the media attention. Getting in the ring is the easy part. I've proved I'm a world class fighter and I'm confident of getting in there and going all the way."

Luke Campbell (bantamweight): "I've been working towards this goal for such a long time that qualifying was sa big weight off my shoulders. I know if I concentrate on myself and what I'm doing and don't let anything else distract me, I can achieve a dream I've had since I first started boxing."

Josh Taylor (lightweight): "I had a great experience winning silver at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 but to be honest I was a little bit star-struck. That experience has helped me enormously. I have a better idea of what to expect and I'm a much better fighter now than I was in Delhi."

Thomas Stalker (light-welterweight): "I've never doubted myself from day one. I've dedicated my life for this moment. I will continue to try to improve over the next seven weeks because that might make all the difference. It's all or nothing for me at these Olympics."

Fred Evans (welterweight): "I was taken to watch the Beijing Olympics as part of the programme to give young talent an idea of what a Games would be like. It has given me a brilliant insight into what to expect and I'm just counting down the days now. I've never felt better and I'm ready to shine."

Anthony Ogogo (middleweight): "There were some moments along the way when I wondered if I was going to make it but I'm proud of myself for never giving up on my dream. I've boxed well on big occasions before and I think I can use the pressure and expectation to my advantage."

Anthony Joshua (heavyweight): "When I first started boxing I didn't even know it was in the Olympics, so I can't say I ever dreamed of making it. But winning my world championship silver medal last year made me realise I've got what it takes. I want to beat the best and prove I deserve that gold medal."

Nicola Adams (women's flyweight): "I've won three consecutive world championship silver medals and I'm determined to go one better this time. I had a career-threatening injury two years ago and never dreamed of being in this position now. But things have all gone right and I'm in the best shape of my life."

Natasha Jonas: (women's lightweight): "It's been a really long road for me because first I had to beat (domestic rival) Amanda Coulson, then to go to the world championships knowing only a semi-final place would be enough was a massive test. But I worked hard to improve and the fact I've finally made it feels unreal."

Savannah Marshall (women's middleweight): Obviously as world champion people are going to expect a lot of me but it's not going to change the way I approach it. I've been guilty of over-confidence in the past but I've got my feet on the ground and I'm just going to try to treat it like any other fight."

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