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Baku 2015: A Sport-by-Sport Review

Team GB’s athletes showed that they are among the best the continent has to offer at the European Games as the squad finished with 47 medals. Th...

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Baku 2015: On the Road to Rio

With the European Games coming to a close there is plenty to cheer for Team GB. And, with Rio on the horizon, we take a look at some of the athl...

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Baku 2015: Ones to Watch

While there were a host of established names on show in Baku the European Games also gave Team GB’s rising stars the chance to shine. With an ar...

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Joe Joyce to lead out Team GB at Baku 2015 Closing Ceremony

European Games Super Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Joyce has been selected as Team GB’s Flagbearer for this evening's Closing Ceremony of the ...

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Baku Bulletin: Day 14 in Review

Joe Joyce powers to gold in the ring, while 17-year-old Luke Greenbank sets a new world junior record on his way to winning 200m backstr...

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Medal Record
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Biography

Billy Joe Saunders made his Olympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He was the youngest member of the Great Britain boxing team in Beijing, aged 18. He had won 29 out of 29 senior level bouts before losing semi final to Olexandr Stretskyy (UKR) 15-13 on pts. He beat home favourite Evgenie Borisov 29-19 to win Strandja tournament in Bulgaria in February 2008, gaining the boxer of the tournament award. Qualified for Beijing with bronze at the first European Olympic qualifying tournament, beating Pavol Hlavacka (SVK) 20-10 on points in the Olympic Games qualification box-off. Coming from a travellers site, his Grandfather used to bare knuckle box & never lost a contest, his father Tom is a former amateur boxer & older brother Tom Junior has joined the professional ranks. Saunders began boxing aged 7 at Cheshunt Amateur Boxing Club.