Natasha Jonas' Olympic diary
I think we find out the draw for our divisions on July 27th. The gold and silver medallists from the World Championships will get byes in the first round as will two others. The others will box.
We have to weigh in on the first day of competition so Iíd assume theyíll do the draw then. Weíll also have to weigh in on the morning of every bout we have. If I go all the way then Iíll box on Sunday August 4th and then the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The weight has been good this time. Iím only 0.9kg over now (July 17) and Iíd like to be on wait by the time I finish camp.
The Brazilian team are here at the moment. It hasnít been toned down at all; itís been a typical training camp for us. If we go abroad for a training camp, weíll follow the host country's routine. The Brazilianís are just doing their own thing but we are sparring together.
During training weíll do general stuff but the coaches got together with the boxers and everybody had to identify who they think is the biggest threat to them and then we do an analysis on them. We always do an analysis on everybody we box but weíre looking at our threatís weaknesses and how to capitalise on them but also how to impose our strengths on them.
My three choices were Katie (Taylor), Sophia (Ochigava) and the third was Gulsum Tatar but she didnít qualify. Obviously you canít go on one fight because she would have come on a lot since but I felt comfortable boxing Cheng Dong in the test event we had. I will never underestimate anybody but I didnít feel Dong was one of my main threats. Queen Underwood from the USA is a good boxer too but I also felt comfortable against her.
Everybody on the team has a chance of a medal. Nicola (Adams) was just pipped at the World Championships and I think in front of the home crowd she can go one better. Savannah (Marshall) is world champion anyway so all she has to do is do it again. In the worlds, that was the best Iíve ever seen Savannah box. If she can replicate exactly what she did last time, she can win again. She knows sheís number one in the world and the one to beat now.
If I have to pick two to watch from the menís team, Iíll pick Tom Stalker and Anthony Joshua. Anthony Joshuaís story is unbelievable. He came from nowhere and in the World Championships beat (Roberto) Cammarelle whoís won more world titles than Joshuaís won ABA titles!
I think there will just be one ring being used at a time and having ten thousand people cheering every punch is going to be unbelievable. Itíll be like when I fought at the Echo Arena in Liverpool to win the Great Britain championships. Even walking out there sent shivers down my spine!
Hopefully next time we speak Iíll be an Olympic gold medallist!
All @Livefight would like to wish Tasha the best of luck at the Games. Iíd also like to thank Tasha and @martyf70 for their help this past 12 months. Hopefully the final part will be the monthly diary of an Olympic gold medallist! Catch Natasha's first fight on the afternoon of Sunday August 4th.