AUSTRALIA might seem a long way from Woodhouse, but that’s exactly where 15- year-old the Steel City Amateur Boxing Club prospect Dalton Smith will be heading later this month, as he takes part in the Australian Golden Gloves competition.
The City of Sheffield pupil has caught the eye for England recently, as his father and coach Grant explained: “I received a phone-call asking if Dalton would like to fight over there, it’s such a fantastic opportunity. It’s Australia’s biggest national boxing competition and attracts fighters from all over the South Pacific. Dalton is taking it all in his stride though, and is training twice a day every day now school has finished.”
The youngster, who styles himself on Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez, said “I’m excited, it will be a great experience to go somewhere so far away. I’ve had international experience in Europe too - I think I can do well.”
Dalton will be training in Brisbane for a few days before the competition, and fights over three days from August 31 to September 2.
He is hoping a successful showing will give his fledgling career a huge boost.
“I’d like to fight in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro eventually,” he said.
“I’ve been watching the boxers at the Olympics and trying to learn from them too, they’ve been very good.”
An amateur boxing career isn’t without its costs though, as Grant explains: “It’s cost me about £6,000 out of my own pocket to get Dalton to Australia and set up somewhere to stay and train. If any local people or businesses would be interested in sponsoring Dalton we’d be delighted.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Dalton can contact his dad, Grant on 07973839713.