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Joshua Confident His Team Can Shine in London Games

Finchley super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua believes the 10-strong team announced for the London Olympics can be Britain's best ever - and help bring the good times back to his increasingly beleaguered sport.

Joshua is one of seven current or previous world medallists confirmed as part of Team GB by the British Olympic Association today - a squad that includes three female boxers for the first time in Games history.

And following a series of negative stories involving drug test failures, controversial decisions and the farce of David Haye's upcoming clash with Dereck Chisora, Joshua insists the time is right to make a good impression.

Joshua said: "I think we can all go to the Games and achieve something great and bring boxing back up to where it used to be. We've had enough of bad decisions and fights outside the ring and all that stuff.

"I'm glad to be in this position but at the same time I'm not trying to be flash or cocky. I'm just trying to help put boxing back in a good place, and I think I'm part of a team that can do it."

Joshua will join men's team-mates Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Josh Taylor, Thomas Stalker, Fred Evans, Anthony Ogogo, and women's trio Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall in the 10-strong Games team.

And Joshua believes they can rise to the challenge of eclipsing the three-medal haul from Beijing and possibly even match the five medals - including two golds - brought back from the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Joshua added: "Five medals is a tough ask but I think we've got the talent in this team to match it or even beat it. I don't think the records are going to stop there. This team can keep getting better and better."

Announcing the Olympic line-up, Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt highlighted the achievements of Britain's trio of women's stars after confirming the official selection of the pre-qualified team.

Hunt believes the group, who all won golds at the world championships in China last month including a gold for Marshall, can help nurture a strong Games legacy of future female participation in sport.

Hunt told the Press Association: "It is a very important moment to have three women representing British boxing at an Olympics for the first time. All of them are world medallists and have real potential to go all the way.

"British boxing has done a great job to bring women's boxing into the programme and produce such fantastic results. Boxing is the last sport where women have got the chance to participate, and they make these the 'equality Games'.

"I think these Games are going to be a lot about incredible achievements from Team GB's female athletes. For me it will be a really great legacy because we have a real issue in this country with girls dropping out of sports early.

"These Games will produce a whole new bunch of female role models to get girls participating in sports. There are people I know who have taken up boxing only recently because of the success of these athletes."

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