So you’re a boxer and a model – and an engineer as well? + VIDEO

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JOSH Kelly is proving to be a model boxer as he prepares to fight for a top title.

The Barnes 18-year-old has spent the last decade honing his skills in the ring, and is going for gold in the next Commonwealth Games.

Boxer by night, model by day  Josh Kelly, 18, of Houghton Boxing Club.

Boxer by night, model by day Josh Kelly, 18, of Houghton Boxing Club.

The young hopeful, who trains at Houghton Boxing Club, has his eyes set on a place in the Olympics.

But when he is not getting fists thrown at his face, Josh is pulling poses as a model and has done shoots for big brand names, including Barbour clothing.

“It’s unusual to be a boxer and a model,” said Josh, who starts full-time as an engineer at Komatsu in September. “The two don’t usually go together.

“I like to pretend to dance in the ring and tire them out so I don’t always get hit in the face.”

Josh, who has been modelling for four months, has already fought his way to the top, making it through to nine national finals.

In May, he won his third national title and is also the proud winner of two British titles.

He has been invited to attend trials to select the best of British boxers in the hope of fighting in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

“I’ve got some big competitions ahead of me,” said the former St Aidan’s pupil, who weighs in at 64kg.

“I’ve been put forward for GB trials and hope to get into the next Commonwealth Games in two years, which would be absolutely amazing.

“I’d definitely love to represent Great Britain.

“Ever since I was young I’ve really pushed for it and now I’m starting to get breaks.

“I’m getting better as I get older and starting to get noticed, so hopefully I’ll get a place on the GB team. That would be unbelievable.”

Kenny Allan, of Houghton Boxing Club, said: “Josh is an exceptional boxer and will definitely do really well.”