GB Boxing Championships will showcase up and coming talent in Sheffield tonight

Great Britain’s best boxers will be fighting it out for titles at the Sheffield English Institute of Sport this evening.

Four women’s fights and six men’s fights from eight different weight categories will all be streamed live on the GB boxing and BBC Sport websites.

The event is a good opportunity for the GB boxers to grow their profile in the public eye as they look towards the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Mike Pugh, senior strength and conditioning coach for GB boxing, has ensured the fighters are in peak physical condition.

He said: “The GB boxers have had a good consistent period of seven or eight weeks without any interruptions to prepare.

“It’s a nice chunk of time for them to get in the busy boxing calendar.”

Pugh pointed to Lewis Richardson as one to watch after he suffered two fractures in his back this year – tonight’s middleweight fight will be his return to action.

The GB boxers will each be facing an amateur winner of the 2018 Elite Three Nations competition, which is a national championships for England, Scotland and Wales.

If one of the amateur fighters is victorious over a GB boxer, they could be rewarded with an opportunity to join the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) as a funded athlete.

Harris Akbar, who grew up in Bradford, is part of the WCPP and has been a member of the GB podium potential team for two years.

Akbar is hoping to impress coaches in order to move into the full podium squad by defending his welterweight title against Scotsman Tyler Jolly.

Other defending champions include light-heavyweight George Crotty and female welterweight,Omarah Taylor.