Champ Carlo eyes Euro thrill

14-year-old boxer Carlo Geraldi, of the Birtley Boxing Club, golden gloves winner.
14-year-old boxer Carlo Geraldi, of the Birtley Boxing Club, golden gloves winner.
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GOLDEN Gloves winner Carlo Geraldi is targeting European glory after adding a Tri-Nations title to his growing list of achievements.

The 14-year-old amateur boxer of Fordenbridge Crescent, Ford Estate, is set to join an England training camp next month before flying out to Hungary to take part in the junior European Championships.

But, for the moment, the Sunderland teenager is still taking in his his success at the junior national ABAs and the Tri-Nations tournament from which he emerged victorious both times.

His Golden Gloves triumph came in Huddersfield when he overcame Bodmin ABC fighter Ryan Hoar, thanks to a unanimous points decision.

And then, in Manchester, he beat Welsh fighter Ian Croft to win gold at the Tri-Nations. Now the Sandhill View pupil is on Great Britain’s radar with European competition awaiting him.

“It has been an amazing few weeks,” Carlo told the Echo.

“They were both hard fights, but I just did as best as I could in them and thankfully I got the decisions.”

The Class 2 boxer, who fights in the 40 kilo category, was formerly at Sunderland ABC but is now attached to Birtley ABC, where the hard work put in in training nightly after school has paid off for him.

“I love boxing,” he said. “It’s hard work, but I enjoy the training and I just want to be as good at it as I can be.”

Carlo will train with the GB squad in mid-June before the European Championships at the end of the month.

H James DeGale is ready to launch himself back into the big time when he auditions for the right to fight the winner of Saturday’s rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist has found himself in the wilderness for much of the past two years as promotional changes and lacklustre matchmaking impacted on his career.

However, DeGale has managed to work his way towards a final eliminator for the IBF super-middleweight title against Brandon Gonzales on Saturday, knowing victory will secure him a shot at the winner of the Wembley main event.

He said. “It could be a win-win night for me because obviously if I win this fight then I box the winner of Froch v Groves. I’m in for a hard night’s work but I’m feeling confident and just can’t wait to do the business.”

DeGale added: “Froch v Groves will be a close one. I’m sitting on the fence but with a gun to my head I’d probably go with Groves. You never know, because there are so many ifs and buts. That’s why the fight is so intriguing: no-one knows.”