European Games: Joe Joyce & Antony Fowler lead Team GB

Joe Joyce (right)
Joyce (right) won super heavyweight gold for England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
2015 European Games
Venue: Baku, Azerbaijan Dates: 12-28 June 2015
Coverage: Reports and select video highlights on the BBC Sport website.

Joe Joyce and Antony Fowler will head a nine-strong Great Britain men's boxing team at next month's inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallists hope success in the event will earn a qualification spot for the World Championships in October in Qatar.

Joyce, 29, said: "This is part of the pathway for the Olympic qualification, so it is an important event."

The women's team for the event from 12-28 June was announced last month.

The women's team includes Olympic champion Nicola Adams and former World champion Savannah Marshall.

What are the European Games?
Baku 2015 is backed by the European Olympic Committee and is the first-ever elite multi-sport continental competition to be held specifically for European nations.
The Games will feature 20 sports (16 Olympic, four non-Olympic) and more than 6,000 athletes.
There is no track cycling, while athletics and swimming will field only junior athletes, however judo will double-up as the sport's European Championships
There will be 253 medal events - and opportunities in 12 sports to qualify for next year's Olympics in Rio.
It is hoped that future Games will feature elite level athletics and swimming events.

The complete list of the Great Britain men's boxing team for the European Games is Harvey Horn, Muhammad Ali from Keighley, Qais Ashfaq, Luke McCormack, Sam Maxwell, Josh Kelly, Fowler, Joshua Buatsi and Joyce, whose 2014 Commonwealth gold medal was won in the super heavyweight category.

Map of Azerbaijan
Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan

They are part of a GB line-up which will compete across 13 sports and 19 disciplines.

Other notable leading British athletes include silver medal-winning judoka Gemma Gibbons, three-time world triathlon champion Helen Jenkins and English Commonwealth gold medallists Nile Wilson (gymnastics) as well as Steven Scott and Charlotte Kerwood (shooting).

In addition to the Olympic events, Team GB will also field competitors in the non-Olympic aerobic and acrobatic gymnastics competitions.

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