Stamper out to upset odds in London

15 July 2012 / 14:38

Martin Stamper will draw strength from his "underdog" tag as the Liverpool taekwondo fighter looks to deliver an Olympic medal in London.

Stamper has been selected in the under-68 kilogram division in the four-strong Team GB squad.

The 25-year won bronze at the 2011 World Championships, which was followed up with the British Open title as well as another third place at the 2012 European Championships in Manchester during May.

As a home fighter, Stamper will be seeded fourth at the Games, which could see the draw open for the Liverpudlian.

Stamper accepts he may well be seen as the outside medal chance of the British squad - which also includes double world champion Sarah Stevenson, promising Wales teenager Jade Jones, 2011 world silver medalist, as well as Lutalo Muhammad, European champion at under-87kgs.

However, Stamper is confident he can deliver the goods on the biggest stage of all at ExCeL in August.

"Everything we have done in training has been towards maximising my performance when I get to the Olympics," Stamper told Press Association Sport. "We are doing some different things which will improve my performance.

"If I can put three or four good performances in on the day, then I could get on that podium.

"At the moment, I am probably going in as a bit of an underdog, but I like that.

"The Olympics will have the top 16 guys in the world, so every fight is going to be tough, and I will need to be at my best on the day - but with the great training I have been getting and support from everyone, I know I can achieve that."