Rutland boxer eyes up 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Joshua White with trainer Alwyn Belcher EMN-140819-082431001
Joshua White with trainer Alwyn Belcher EMN-140819-082431001
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A Rutland boxer who has got Olympic dreams after an impressive start to his boxing career has been training out of the famous Ingle Gym in Sheffield which has just produced its latest World Champion in Kell Brook.

Joshua White, 18, has taken the sport he loves by storm, winning gold at the Haringey Box Cup competition in June and one day hopes to follow the footsteps of the legend’s whose aura still lurks at the barren gym.

The Haringey Box Cup is a prestigious and popular tournament held at Alexandra Palace in London, which hosted 273 fights across four rings over the weekend.

White had a bye in the first round and got the better of Gutsy Gumanda of Haringey Police in the youth 71kg category in the semi-final before beating Jack King of Bodyshots in the final.

White, who lives in Hambleton, said: “When I got the decision and it was unanimous it was very emotional. I jumped out of the ring and gave my dad a big hug. He think he was very proud.

“The reason I love sport is money can’t buy that feeling - when you dedicate your life to something and put in the effort, when it pays it feels amazing. There are a lot of people out there with money but there are not a lot of people who can do that.”

White took to the sport relatively late in life, starting at 13 but has thrown himself into the boxing lifestyle, training twice a day, seven days a week. He trains out of Match and has a record of 16-2, with both losses narrow and controversial defeats.

White’s dreams of flying out to the Rio Games in two years times are not just wishful thinking, they are plans. He is working with the best trainers in the country who have a reputation for taking fighters to the top of the international game.

Recently White has been training with 80-year-old boxing legend Alwyn Belcher who trained Amir Khan and Prince Naseem Hamed before they were world champions and has been in the corner of Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams’s since she was 15.

Belcher has taken athletes to nine Olympic Games and the effervescent octogenarian is not done yet. He has told White that with his help national honours and an Olympics Games are a very real possibility.

In the immediate future White is looking to earn a place on the GB development squad.

White said: “That’s the road I am looking down. To fight for my country which is England and then hopefully get a chance for 2016 Olympics.”

After a few weeks of rest White is now back in the gym preparing for his next great challenge which is shaping up to be a competition in Sweden as part of the Eastern Counties squad later in the year.

White now has to make the difficult transition into senior boxing which sees the pool of competition in the light middleweight division step up considerably.