RISING boxing star Isaac MacLeod has just proven himself the best of British, but already the 16-year-old Wearsider is looking to take on the world.
The Sunderland ABC member is in the middle of a purple patch, having won gold with the England amateur team at the European Junior Championships in Hungary at the start of the month.
MacLeod, who also had the honour of captaining the national side, has now go on to win his third Tri-Nations title, stopping Scottish opposition in the semi-final before beating a Welsh rival in the finals held in Cardiff.
But far from resting on his laurels, the Ford Estate fighter is now looking ahead to the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, next week.
And coach Joe Purvis says that will be the ultimate test for the determined former Pennywell School pupil.
“Isaac’s done fantastically well,” he said.
“And I’m looking forward to see how he’s going to get on in the ‘worlds’ because in the view of most people it’s a tournament which is even harder to win than the Olympics.
“He was great in the Tri-Nations and his opponents just couldn’t live with him.
“But, while being the best in the country is some achievement and winning gold in the Europeans is even better, it’s the world championship which is going to be the real guide to how good he is and how far he has to go.”
MacLeod is on course to be one of the most decorated English amateurs in the history of the sport having already notched up two schoolboy Junior ABA titles, three Tri-Nations wins and a gold medal in the Europeans.
Winning a world title would help put the seal on a fantastic season, not only for him, but for Sunderland ABC.
The club, which meets and trains at Barnes School, also has 17-year-old Jake Slater, who has won a junior ABA title and a Tri-Nations title this season with them.
And Olympic 2012 hopeful Warren Baister, who competes in the ABA World Championships in September, is also a long-standing member of the club.