Rutland fighter Joshua White has been called up to represent England and he believes his dream of making the Olympics is within touching distance.
The boxer entered the Senior ABA Championships earlier this year and after a win in the first round, when he stopped his opponent in the second round of the fight, he was called up for a trial for the England squad at the Sheffield Institute of Sport
After three assessments with 16 different talented fighters from around the country he was picked to represent England.
White, who lives in Hambleton, said: “I am so proud as this has been my desire for the last two years and is a massive step closer to going to the Olympics.
“I believe there now is only one person in my way, the number one on the Great Britain team Cyrus Pattison, who I am hoping to fight within the next few months.”
White continued: “I’ve just been told that I’m flying out to Germany to represent my country so I’m going for gold as I did at the Celtic Cup in Ireland and the Harringay Cup in London.”
White has experience fighting abroad, just missing out on gold in the King of the Ring competition in Sweden on a controversial split decision to the highly rated local favourite Oliver Flodin, who previously in the year had beaten the European Champion Giorgi Kharabadze, 3-0, from Georgia.
White has moved a big step up the ladder this year and has been splitting his time between training in Sheffield and London. White has been travelling to London three times a week to work with the likes of the trainer to Anthony Joshua, the WBC International and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, and his top pro Ted Chessman from Eddie Hearns’ stable, formerly number six in the world.
White has also been to Jimmy and Mark Tibbs’ gym, working with fighters out of Frank Warren’s stable.
The Rutland boxer has been sparring with some of the best in the game, taking on professional fighter Sam Mcness , an ex-GB number one with eight national titles.
He has also visited Rooney’s Gym in London, sparring Larry Ekundayo, a prize fighter winner and number five pro at light middleweight in the country and he has been holding his own with all of them. White is now looking for a sponsor to help him meet the costs involved in chasing his dream. He said: “We’re training 10 times a week now travelling to Sheffield three times and London three times so are looking for a good sponsor who will have free tickets to all England fights plus advertising of their company on my shorts and boxing dressing gown.
“Many of my fights will be televised and if I can get picked for the Olympics will be televised world wide.”
Call White on 07837852975 for more information about sponsorship opportunities.