GIFTED youngster Dalton Smith is a fighter who is going places.
At the tender age of 15, the City of Sheffield pupil has scooped four titles in the last four years in the ring and claimed the top prize in the Australian Golden Gloves tournament in Brisbane last month.
If that wasn’t enough, Dalton has also been coached by former two-time world champion Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton who will make his eagerly anticipated comeback on November 24 against Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Grant Smith, Dalton’s father and coach, told The Star: “Dalton is learning all the time. He is so dedicated to the sport for a young lad and he trains like a professional.
“How many people would love to get in the ring with Ricky? Dalton has done that and he is picking up little tricks from the likes of Ricky and Scott Jenkins.
“Everybody thinks Dalton is unbelievable and I am not just saying that because I am his dad.”
Dalton defeated Andrew Hunt 13-4 in the final of the under 54kg class in the competition in Australia.
“It was an invaluable experience for Dalton,” said Grant. “There were a lot of international boxers out there who were very impressed with Dalton.”
Dalton’s next major competition is the Yorkshire ABA Championships in April. His target is to compete at the 2016 Brazil Olympics.