Cardle bid

Local boxer and Olympic hopeful Scott Cardle training at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes. PIC BY ROB LOCK
Local boxer and Olympic hopeful Scott Cardle training at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes. PIC BY ROB LOCK
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LYTHAM boxer Scott Cardle is to box for a world title and push for an Olympic place.

He has been named in the 12-strong GB team to take part in the World Amateur Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, an event which doubles as the first Olympic Games qualifier.

Cardle edges out rib injury victim Bradley Saunders in the 69kg class.

European champions Andrew Selby and Fred Evans, who represent Wales, lead the team into the tournament, knowing winning through to the quarter-finals could be enough to earn a place at 2012.

The team will be represented at all weights bar light-heavyweight, with the podium squad supplemented by additional names picked by the Welsh selectors, including Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick.

There are no surprises in head coach Rob McCracken’s line-up, with Commonwealth Games champion Simon Vallily holding on to the heavyweight berth.

McCracken said: “This is a team of talented and experienced boxers who are coming off a successful European Championships.

“It’s been a tough selection process, and that’s what I want to see.”