Wakefield boxer Sam Clark was handed the honour of representing England in the ring at the GB Junior 3 Nations tournament last weekend.
The White Rose Boxing Club big-hitter travelled to the Orford Jubilee Hub in Warrington for the tournament and returned with one of England’s 20 gold medals.
Clark won selection for the event thanks to his success in the ABA Schoolboys Championships this year and the best young boxers from England, Scotland and Wales gathered at the Cheshire venue.
The 15-year-old competed in the Class 3 (for boxers born in 1998) 42kg category and beat countryman Raja Khan, from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, in the final to claim gold and help England to victory.
Clark travelled across the Pennines on Thursday and made the weigh-in on Friday.
He received a bye at the semi-final stage, however, and had to wait until Saturday to face English opponent Khan, who booked his place in the final by beating Welsh boxer Shane Jones.
The Wakefield City High School pupil showed all the class that earned him the national ABA Schoolboys title to win all three rounds against Khan and maintain his growing reputation in the ring.
The victory could open the door to more international bouts for the Wakefield boxing ace, including this year’s Junior World Championships.
A trip to Dublin to take on the best Irish boxers is also in the pipeline.
England shone, winning 20 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals and team manager Martin Webb was delighted with his team’s performance.
“This young England team is to be congratulated on its performance,” he said.
“England can be confident of selecting a capable team for September’s Junior World Championships in Ukraine.”
Clark’s White Rose coaches John Hall, Richard Beavers and Billy McAdam travelled with Clark to the event but the England boxing coaches took his corner in the ring.