Amanda Coulson hopes to keep Olympic boxing dream alive

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AMANDA Coulson must put a young pretender in her place if she is to keep her Olympic flame burning.

The Hartlepool fighter (left) takes on lightweight rival Chantelle Cameron in the GB Championship final at York Hall in Bethnal Green tomorrow.

British boxing’s big domestic dust-up in the capital’s east end is a vital date in the sporting life of Coulson, who has fallen behind Cameron and long-term rival Natasha Jonas in the race for the lightweight vest at London 2012.

Unlike Andrew Selby’s fight with Khalid Yafai at the same event, the winner of Coulson against Cameron is not an Olympic decider.

Great Britain’s coaches will wait until next spring before picking which boxers they will send to the World Championships in China, the only qualifying event for London 2012.

But a victory for Coulson will not only send a surge of confidence through her veins but drop a heavy reminder to GB’s coaches that the Catholic Club boxer is not going to retreat into the background.

“This is great chance for me,” Coulson told SportMail.

“And I intend to take it.”

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