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Australia names boxing team for London Olympics

Australia has named its largest-ever Olympic team with representatives in every men's weight division.

Written by Associated Press | Sydney | Published: April 2, 2012 12:24:41 pm

Australia has named its largest-ever Olympic boxing team with representatives in every men’s weight division for the London Games.

The contingent will be led by world No. 2-ranked light heavyweight Damien Hooper,considered the best chance of giving Australia its first Olympic boxing medal since 1988.

Hooper qualified after reaching the quarterfinals of the recent world championships in Azerbaijan before being beaten by eventual world champion Julio Cesar La Cruz.

The squad,announced Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee,also includes light flyweight Billy Ward,flyweight Jackson Woods,bantamweight Ibrahim Balla,lightweight Luke Jackson,light welterweight Jeff Horn,welterweight Cameron Hammond,middleweight Jesse Ross,heavyweight Jai Opetaia and super heavyweight Johan Linde.

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