Flying the north-west flag at the first ever British Amateur Boxing Championships are Manchester’s Tommy Stubbs and Liverpool’s Tom Stalker.

Already an ABA gold medallist, Stalker, who is a member of Huyton’s St Aloysius boxing club, is relishing the prospect of gaining his first British title in the 60kg Lightweight class at the end of this month, but is also looking forward to the opportunity of competing in his home town.

The 21-year-old enthused: “I can’t wait to get in the ring. It’s always a huge honour to represent your country and to do so in your home city is a dream come true. I’ll be going all out to do everyone proud and fly the flag for the city and England at the world championships.”

A total of forty boxers will compete across eleven Olympic weights at the Liverpool Olympia.

Commonwealth Youth Games bronze medallist Stubbs, a member of Northside amateur boxing club in Manchester, will be amongst the national champions of England, Scotland and Wales aiming for success as the championships act as a qualifier for the next World Championships.

The British Amateur Boxing Championships is being organised by Liverpool City Council and the Amateur Boxing Association.

It follows Liverpool’s successful staging of European Senior Boxing Championships for the first time in the UK at the Arena and Convention Centre just six months ago.

Paul King, chief executive of the ABA, said: “This is a new title and it’s one every boxer in our home nations wants to win and even more so this year with the incentive of going to the World Championships. I’m delighted Liverpool is hosting the inaugural championships as its boxing pedigree is of the highest order and it knows how to deliver a great sporting occasion.”

The British Amateur Boxing Championships takes place on 28-29 May this year, with the finals being screened live on Setanta.