Dalton Smith’s family and friends are heartbroken after the Sheffield prospect was defeated in controversial circumstances in the Commonwealth Youth Games semi final in Samoa.
His father and trainer Grant said on Facebook: “I’m devastated for Dalton it’s happened again never got hit in the 2nd and 3rd round and still didn’t get the decision. That’s international boxing for you. But as everyone knows Dalton always bounces back like a true sportsman.”
Dalton posted: “I thought I won; close 1st round but won the last two. I’m not one for excuses. These dodgy decision only drive me harder to win medals for country.”
“I want to thank my country and my dad for what they do its the best job in the world and I’m coming home with a bronze medal.”
Boxer and trainer Reagan Denton posted: “Still champ, chin up.”
Gavin Burrows added: “Unlucky mate. Sounds like you were robbed. At least you know in your self you won the fight. Stay positive. You’ve got a long boxing career ahead of you.”