Joshua confident over London hopes

Anthony Joshua (back, centre) is feeling confident about Team GB's chances at the Olympics

Anthony Joshua (back, centre) is feeling confident about Team GB's chances at the Olympics

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Finchley super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua believes the 10-strong team announced on Monday for the London Olympics can be Britain's best ever - and help bring the good times back to his increasingly beleaguered sport.

Joshua is one of seven current or previous world medallists confirmed as part of Team GB by the British Olympic Association - a squad that includes three female boxers for the first time in Games history.

Joshua said: "I think we can all go to the Games and achieve something great and bring boxing back up to where it used to be. We've had enough of bad decisions and fights outside the ring and all that stuff."

He added: "I'm glad to be in this position but at the same time I'm not trying to be flash or cocky. I'm just trying to help put boxing back in a good place, and I think I'm part of a team that can do it."

Joshua will join men's team-mates Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Josh Taylor, Thomas Stalker, Fred Evans, Anthony Ogogo, and women's trio Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall in the 10-strong Games team.

And Joshua believes they can rise to the challenge of eclipsing the three-medal haul from Beijing and possibly even match the five medals - including two golds - brought back from the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Joshua added: "Five medals is a tough ask but I think we've got the talent in this team to match it or even beat it. I don't think the records are going to stop there. This team can keep getting better and better."

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