Top things to know about boxing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Schedule, preview and stars to watch in Birmingham, including the likes of Delicious Orie, Nikhat Zareen, Amy Broadhurst, and Amit Panghal.

By Olympics.com
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Boxing is a big deal in England, so expect there to be electric atmosphere inside the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The sport has been on the event's programme since its inception in 1930, and England lead the way with a whopping 128 medals, including 60 golds. Canada are back in second with 88 overall and 25 golds.

The Commonwealth Games is a breading ground of talent both for the Olympic Games and the professional boxing ranks. Legendary names like Lennox Lewis, Lauren Price, and Nicola Adams have all won Commonwealth gold.

Below, we take a deeper look at the boxing schedule, the athletes to watch out for, and how to watch the action.

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Lennox Lewis (right, representing Canada) fights Great Britain's James Oyebola en route to the Super Heavyweight title at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, UK.
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Top boxers at 2022 Commonwealth Games

England's team will be spearheaded by the newly-crowned EUBC European Champion, Mohammed Harris Akbar. The Bradford boxer beat reigning world champion Yurii Zakharieiev of Ukraine in the European semis, and goes into Birmingham as the favourite to land light-middleweight (71kg) gold.

Delicious Orie will be looking for a taste of gold in the super heavyweight (92kg+)division. The Moscow-born pugilist, who moved the UK as a kid and now calls the West Midlands home, won bronze at the 2022 European Championships. He has large shoes to fill, with fellow Englishmen Joe Joyce and Frazer Clarke winning the last two Commonwealth Games in this division. But Orie will have his work cut out, with Trinidad and Tobago's 2021 world bronze medallist Nigel Paul in the same division.

Orie's compatriot Demie-Jade Resztan is another of England's best hopes for boxing glory. The minimumweight (48kg) has a world bronze and a continental silver and a bronze to her name already.

In the absence of injured champion Mary Kom, India's challenge will be headlined by reigning flyweight (51kg) world champion Nikhat Zareen, and Olympic bronze medallist welterweight (67kg) Lovlina Borgohain.

Elsewhere, men's Amit Panghal will be looking for redemption after a disappointing Tokyo Games while

Lovlina Borgohain of India with her Olympic bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021.
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Caitlin Parker (middleweight - 75kg) is an Australian boxer coming to Birmingham with a rich history in the ring. The 26-year-old, who won bronze at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, finished second at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on home soil in Gold Coast. After competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last year, she'll be quietly confident of winning her first senior gold.

Boxing is Northern Ireland's most successful Commonwealth sport with 61 medals, including 13 golds. This year's team is another impressive one, including 2022 light-welterweight (64kg) world champion Amy Broadhurst, and 2022 bantamweight (54kg) European silver medallist Dylan Eagleson.

Also in the green ranks, watch out for Carly McNaul (50kg) and Michaela Walsh (57kg) ranked 5th in the world in the 50kg and 57kg bracket respectively.

Canada's talisman Tammara Thibeault has good reason to believe that this could be her year. The North American nation's sole survivor from the 2018 Commonwealth Games - where she earned a bronze medal - finished an impressive fifth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A continental title and gold at the 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships followed, meaning she has hit her best form at the perfect moment.

Finally, Scotland's Reese Lynch is hoping to make history. The light-welterweight (64kg) fighter became first ever from his nation to win a world championship medal at senior level last November, taking bronze in Belgrade. Victory for Lynch, who grew up emulating Floy Mayweather Junior, would take his career to the next level.

Tammara Thibeault (red) of Team Canada finished fifth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021.
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Boxing schedule at 2022 Commonwealth Games

All times are British Summer Time (GMT/UTC+1)

Friday 29 July

12pm-3pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 32

6:30pm-9pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 32

Saturday 30 July

12pm-3pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16 & 32

6:30pm-9pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16

Sunday 31 July

12pm-3pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16

6:30pm-9pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16

Monday 1 August

12pm-3pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16

6:30pm-9pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16

Tuesday 2 August

12pm-3pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16

6:30pm-9pm

  • Men’s & Women’s Preliminary Round of 16

Wednesday 3 August

12pm-4pm

  • Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final

6pm-10pm

  • Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Middle (75kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Middle (75kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Heavy (91kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Super Heavy (+91) Quarter-Final

Thursday 4 August

12pm-4pm

  • Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Middle (75kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Middle (75kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Heavy (91kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Super Heavy (+91) Quarter-Final

6pm-10pm

  • Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Middle (75kg) Quarter-Final
  • Women’s Middle (75kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Heavy (91kg) Quarter-Final
  • Men’s Super Heavy (+91) Quarter-Final

Saturday 6 August

10:30am-1pm

  • Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Middle (75kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Middle (75kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) Semi-Final

2:30pm-5:30pm

  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Heavy (91kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Heavy (91kg) Semi-Final

7pm-9:30pm

  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Middle (75kg) Semi-Final
  • Women’s Middle (75kg) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Super Heavy (+91) Semi-Final
  • Men’s Super Heavy (+91) Semi-Final

Sunday 7 August

10:30am-1pm

  • Women’s Light Fly (45-48kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Light Fly (46-49kg) Final Bout
  • Women’s Light Fly Final (45-48kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Light Fly Final (46-49kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Middle (75kg) Final Bout
  • Women’s Light (60kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Middle (75kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Light Heavy (81kg) Medal Ceremony

2:30pm-5:30pm

  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Final Bout
  • Women’s Fly (51kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Fly (52kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Light (60kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Welter (69kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Heavy (91kg) Final Bout
  • Women’s Welter (69kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Heavy (91kg) Medal Ceremony

7pm-9:30pm

  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Final Bout
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Bantam (56kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Final Bout
  • Women’s Feather (57kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Women’s Middle (75kg) Final Bout
  • Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Super Heavy (+91) Final Bout
  • Women’s Middle (75kg) Medal Ceremony
  • Men’s Super Heavy (+91) Medal Ceremony

How to watch boxing at 2022 Commonwealth Games

UK: BBC TV, Radio, iPlayer

Canada: CBC Sports, CBC Sports app

Australia: Channel 7, 7Plus

New Zealand: Sky, TVNZ

India: Sony LIV

Further streaming details to be released on the Commonwealth Games website.

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