Audley Harrison and Amir Khan inspire GB Olympic boxers

Luke Campbell, Tom Stalker, Anthony Joshua, Fred Evans and Andrew Selby
GB's five latest qualifiers will be fighting at London's Excel venue from July 28

Two of Great Britain's Olympic boxing hopes believe previous medallists Audley Harrison and Amir Khan can inspire them to London 2012 glory.

Super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua and light-welterweight Tom Stalker have been officially named in Team GB.

Joshua said Harrison opened up "gates" for young British boxers, while Stalker added Khan "gripped the nation".

Bantamweight Luke Campbell, flyweight Andrew Selby and welterweight Fred Evans will also represent the hosts.

Joshua has been tipped to become the star of the GB team after winning silver at the World Amateur Championships in October.

The 22-year-old, from north London, said his career has been inspired by Harrison, who won Olympic gold in 2000.

Harrison turned professional less than 12 months after his Sydney success, but his career in the paid ranks has failed to hit the same heights.

His last fight ended in an embarrassing knockout against British rival David Haye in November 2010.

Joshua said: "A lot of people have got bad things to say about him [Harrison] but for British boxing he opened up so many gates.

"He was an ABA champion, a Commonwealth champion. I know he did not do too well as a pro but from an amateur stance he was an Olympic champion and he is British."

Reigning Commonwealth lightweight champion Stalker, who narrowly missed selection for Beijing four years ago, has won medals at every major championships apart from the Olympics.

He believes he can show the same spirit as Khan, who he watched claim silver in Athens 2004 at his Liverpool home.

Stalker, 27, said: "He was a young kid just come on the scene. Seeing him come in the ring with his robe on, I've never had butterflies like it. It was like one of my brothers was in there.

"He gripped the whole nation and that is how it is going to be with all of us. I'm going to have the whole of Liverpool behind me and all Britain will be egging me on.

"It's scary to think about, but I dream about standing on that podium, having my whole country behind me. It's never going to be beaten."

Selby, 22, from Barry, secured his place after Khalid Yafai failed to make the weight for the second bout of their 'box-off' by 300g last month.

Hull boxer Campbell, 24, and 20-year-old Cardiff man Evans booked their Games places by reaching the last eight of the World Amateur Championships in Azerbaijan.

The final qualifying event for men takes place in Istanbul next April.

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