Boxing: Smith gets through to semis as tributes paid to late trainer

15 years old Dalton Smith of the Steel City Amateur Boxing Club,is heading for Australia with his dad Grant to compete in the Goldon Gloves
15 years old Dalton Smith of the Steel City Amateur Boxing Club,is heading for Australia with his dad Grant to compete in the Goldon Gloves
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Only Dalton Smith managed to get through the Junior ABA semi finals last weekend with the Steel City product turning in another knockout display.

In the 57kg Northern semi Smith beat the much taller Habil Khan (Hamer) inside of two rounds in Birmingham.

Dad and trainer Grant said: “Dalton took it to him straight away and was too strong for him. After the lad took two standing eight counts the ref stopped the fight.

“It will be Dalton’s fifth successive national final and he’s off to represent England in three weeks. I’m pleased for him because he’s so dedicated.”

Tributes have been paid, meanwhile, to local trainer Mick Joyce, who died aged 53.

Scottish-born Joyce churned out champions as well as helping to get kids off the streets in underprivileged areas.

His expertise has been passed onto kids throughout the region and word-of-mouth will continue to ensure his wisdom is still instilled.

Stefy Bull said: “In my eyes a local legend has passed.

“A man who was like a father to me from being a young boy to the day I turned professional he took me under his wing and even gave me a job when I left school.

“He’s done something that not many do in life he dedicated himself to the sport we all love right until the very end.”

Mick Wale added: “As a trainer you pick up things from who you learned from and he was my mentor and one of the best trainers around.

“My son Gwyn won the Schoolboys with him and Dean Booth the boys club. The Hale brothers were with him and had a lot of success. He always had a lot of good kids and that was down to his training methods.”

Joyce died over the weekend. He had been in a coma for a month, after collapsing at his girlfriend’s house in Mexborough.