Amateur prospect Dalton Smith has become the first Sheffield boxer to be selected to be part of the Great Britain Podium Potential squad - hopefully a fast-track towards Olympic stardom.
It means the 17-year-old fighter from Woodhouse, Sheffield, is now publicly funded to help him concentrate solely on his sport and reach the top.
He is the youngest member of the 30-strong GB programme, under Rob McCracken, who was head coach of the British boxing team at the 2012 Olympics.
Smith said: “It has been a dream since I started competing to get a place on this elite level squad, it was a really nice Christmas gift.
“The year 2014 saw me step up to another level and I won silver medal in the European championships in October.
“The funding is not a fortune but it is a big help for me do the intensive training - you can have three or four sessions a day with the GB squad - feed myself and get the physiotherapy I need.
“Now I have to keep winning for England, Great Britain and eventually try to make my way towards the Olympic Games in either Rio de Janeiro (2016) or Tokyo (2020.”