Olympics 2016: Boxing Preview

Wednesday 3rd August 2016, 12:01 PM

Event Date: 6th - 21st August

Team GB’s Olympic boxing team was one of the stand out stories of a successful 2012 event, with the nation’s ten competitors returning five medals, including three golds. Bantamweight Luke Campbell, super heavyweight Anthony Joshua and flyweight Nicola Adams all triumphed, with the latter making history as the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.

Campbell and Joshua have turned professional since London, but Adams returns to action in Rio and holds Great Britain’s best chance of bringing back another gold medal. Here are the boxers the bookies think will taste success in Brazil.

How the Bookies See it:

  • Women’s Flyweight Winner: Nicola Adams (GBR) 4/6, Peamwilai Laopeam (THA) 9/2, Cancan Ren (CHI) 9/1 - Boylesports
  • Men’s Bantamweight Winner: Michael Conlan (IRE) 3/1, Robeisy Ramírez (CUB) 5/2, Shakur Stevenson (USA) 3/1, Qais Ashfaq (GBR) 25/1 - Bet365
  • Women’s Lightweight Winner: Katie Taylor (IRE) 4/5, Estelle Mossely (FRA) 5/1, Yana Alekseevna (AZE) 5/1 - Ladbrokes
  • Men’s Super Heavyweight Winner: Joe Joyce (GBR) 7/2, Tony Yoka (FRA) 7/2, Ivan Dychko (KAZ) 4/1 - Coral

Women’s Boxing Preview

All eyes will be on Leeds’ Nicola Adams as she attempts to become the first British boxer since 1924 to successfully defend an Olympic title. The fighter, who also holds gold in the Commonwealth Games, European Games and World Championships, should breeze through the weight category, with some bookies pricing her two nearest challengers at a massive 10/1. A small wager on China’s Cancan Ren, who lost to Adams in the final in London, could bring you an unexpected bonus should the unthinkable happen, but realistically the Yorkshire boxer has one hand on the medal already.

There’s much more intrigue in the lightweight classification, where Ireland’s Katie Taylor did not qualify as easily as was expected. Despite dominating the sport, she suffered her first defeat in five years in April, going down to Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan in the semi final of the European Olympic qualifying event. She has since lost against Estelle Mossely of France to miss out on a sixth successive world title. Taylor is still the favourite to retain her Olympic title, but Mossely and Alekseevna have a psychological advantage over the Wicklow fighter and, with both standing at 5/1, either is a tempting bet.  

Men’s Boxing Preview

The medals in the men’s bantamweight division are expected to be shared between Ireland’s Michael Conlan, Robeisy Ramírez of Cuba and Shakur Stevenson from the USA, however the order in which the men will stand on the podium is less clear. Conlan will still be on a high having become the first Irishman to claim a World Championship gold medal and he certainly knows how to win, having clinched the European title too. He will also be out for revenge on Olympic champion Ramírez, who disposed of the Belfast boy in the semifinals at the London games. A stronger fighter than he was four years ago, Conlon may be worth backing for gold.

Great Britain’s Joe Joyce looks set for a titanic tussle with Frenchman Tony Yoka for the super heavyweight gold. The Londoner is set to turn professional after the Rio 2016 games and a gold medal could add millions to his box office pulling power. The bookies give him a great shout of adding to his European and Commonwealth titles, but the boxer, who boasts a 2:1 degree in fine art, will face a tough test in Yoka, the current world champion.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: Estelle Mossely to win the women’s lightweight gold at 6/1 with William Hill

*Please note that odds may fluctuate.

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Published: Wednesday, 3 August 2016 12:01:10+00:00
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