British Gold Hope Is out of Olympics; End of the Dream: Frankie Gavin Was Forced to Withdraw from Britain's Olympic Boxing Team Today after Failing to Make the Weight

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British Gold Hope Is out of Olympics; End of the Dream: Frankie Gavin Was Forced to Withdraw from Britain's Olympic Boxing Team Today after Failing to Make the Weight


Byline: IAN CHADBAND

BRITAIN'S Olympic hopes were dealt a shattering blow today when their world champion boxer Frankie Gavin was forced to pull out on the eve of the Games.

Gavin, strong favourite for the lightweight gold, was left "devastated" after finally having to concede defeat to his on-going problems of making the weight.

It was the worst possible news just 36 hours before the opening ceremony because the 22-year-old from Birmingham was considered one of the best contenders in the entire 313-strong team.

Gavin, star of a gifted eight-man boxing team, had been left behind at the training camp in Macau in a desperate bid to lose the last few pounds to be able to make the 60kg lightweight limit at tomorrow's pre-draw weigh in, but will now fly home.

Terry Edwards, boxing's head coach, admitted: "Frankie has been working his whole boxing career towards the Olympic Games and he is obviously completely devastated.

I would ask that his privacy is respected during this difficult period and he is given the time to come to terms with the situation."

The 22-year-old has spent five years boxing at lightweight. His natural boxing weight is lightwelter (up to 64kgs) but Bradley Saunders had already qualified in that division. …

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