Charley Davison Profile
|Born||Jan 01, 1988|
|Division||Flyweight Limit: 112 Pounds|
Davison perhaps has the most inspirational comeback story of all and will fight at Tokyo 2020.
After taking a seven-year break from the sport to raise her family, Charley Davison returned to boxing in 2018. The Lowestoft-born fighter only got back into the gym "to lose a bit of weight".
After winning a silver medal at the World Youth Championships, the future looked bright for Davison.
However, after opting for a break to raise three children her sporting career looked over, but her comeback has been inspiring.
She returned with success at the England Boxing National Championships at bantamweight (54kg) in May 2019.
That led to an assessment for the GB squad and after impressing at a training camp in the USA in early 2020 she was chosen for the Olympic Qualifying event.
Davison only joined the GB squad in January and is one of four women on the 11-strong team.
Dubbed 'Super Mum' she can often be found on Lowestoft beach pounding the sand.
Coached by John Cremin and Frank Bacon since she was eight, the flyweight boxes for Attleborough Boxing Club.
European Qualifying event
Davison showed little ring rust during her first fight in a GB vest. In March 2021 at the Copper Box she put on a dominant display against Ireland's Carly McNaul.
McNaul, 32, a former Commonwealth silver medallist was subjected to two standing counts in the third round as Davison won an unanimous decision.
Davison had started brightly, tagging her older opponent with her lead right and her dominance continued in rounds two before she almost overwhelmed her opponent in the final round
The event in London was soon cancelled though due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but her result stood.
Paris Olympic Qualifying
Davison kicked off with a victory over third-seed Polish boxer Sandra Drabik in the quarter-finals.
Shen then won a unanimous points decision over 21-year-old Italian Giordana Sorrentino to set up a showdown with the number one seed, Buse Naz Cakiroglu of Turkey.
Ahead of the 51kg fight, Cakiroglu said: "I've sparred her [Davison] before, I've not boxed her, so that will be interesting.
"Similar styles as well, so I'm looking forward to it. I know what she does, I know what she's good at, so it's just keeping an eye on that and doing what I'm good at to beat her."
Both finalists had marched into the final with unanimous points wins in their round of 16, quarter-final and semi-final wins.
After a cautious start, where the referee reminded them both to engage, they both put in terrific displays. Both southpaws were keen to employ their impressive counter-punching style.
The GB star came on strong in the third round, but trailing 20-18 on three of the five judges' cards going into the final round, she left herself too much to do.
The Mongolian judge awarded the fight to Davison, but ultimately she found herself on the wrong end of a 4-1 split decision.
Davison is somewhat of an unknown quantity on the world stage.
"There is nothing to lose and no pressure on me," she told the Lowestoft Journal.
After just two years back at elite level she is hoping to be a surprise package in Japan.
"A lot of the boxers won't know much about me as I'm new in the system.
"I was really happy with how I performed in Paris. I felt I boxed really, really well and am still coming to terms with being an Olympian!
"But I know that I'm going to go there looking to bring back a gold medal - not a silver medal this time - 100pc, gold is the aim," she added.
And a faster start in Tokyo than in her Qualifying final at Le Grand Dome, will put her in serious contention when she gets under way in her round of 32 match on Sunday, July 25.
Davison took a seven year hiatus from the sport to focus on beginning a family with her partner. Together, they have three children. She returned to the sport in 2018 and by December 2019, she was selected by Team GB.
Davison is believed to worth in the region of $1million.
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