European qualifying event: Over 300 boxers competing for 77 Olympic quota places in London


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The third stage of the Boxing Road to Tokyo series, the European qualifying event, will take place in London, Great Britain, from 14 to 24 March. The competition will be held at the Copper Box Arena, a legacy venue from the Olympic Games London 2012. The event follows the Boxing Road to Tokyo African and Asian/Oceanian qualifiers, held in Dakar (SEN) and Amman (JOR), respectively. 

A total of 342 boxers from 45 nations have registered to compete in the event. This number includes the Boxing Refugee Team, Malta and Monaco – all making their debuts in an Olympic boxing qualification tournament. The competition will feature eight men’s weight categories and five for women. Fifty Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places are available for men, and 27 for women.

With these figures, the qualifier is set to become the biggest Olympic boxing event to be held in England since the Olympic Games in 2012.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is the sporting capital of the world, and it’s fantastic we’re hosting yet another world-class event. Londoners and visitors alike can look forward to a thrilling spectacle at the Olympic Park in March, as Europe’s best boxers compete for a place in the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Simon Morton, Chief Operating Officer at UK Sport, said: “Supporting the International Olympic Committee in delivering such an important event and ensuring that the athletes can pursue their Olympic dreams is something we are particularly proud of.”

Teams to watch in London

Europe is historically recognised as one of the leading continents in boxing. European boxers won four gold medals in the last edition of the Olympic Games, Rio 2016, and earned 8 out of 13 titles at the Olympic Games London 2012.

In London, several countries will be in the spotlight. Great Britain – the country where the first ever boxing event was recorded in 1681 – claimed Olympic gold medals in boxing in 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2016. The British team enters the London qualifier with 13 hopefuls, 12 of whom have claimed medals in recent world, European or Youth Olympic competitions. The Russian team has had the best performances in the current Olympic cycle, and is aiming to secure the maximum number of spots for Tokyo. Waiting for them in London will be Ukraine, which was the best nation in the Kharkiv 2017 European Boxing Championships and boasts some of the most experienced boxers on the continent. Ireland, France, Turkey and Azerbaijan are also listed among the nations to watch, as they have a long positive track record in the sport, both at continental and world level. 

Tickets now available

Tickets for the Boxing Road to Tokyo in London are on sale online here (click to open link). Prices starts at GBP 5 (adults) and GBP 2.50 (concessions) for weekday sessions.

Follow the action live

Fans can watch the action live on the Olympic Channel, with all the women’s and men’s bouts across all weight categories available with commentary in English and Russian. Coverage will be available in all territories worldwide for free at and on its apps for mobile and connected TV devices.

News, photos and results will be posted online on the dedicated London qualifier page of the Athlete365 Boxing Corner platform. We encourage fans to join the conversation online using the hashtag #Boxing.

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