SUNDERLAND amateur boxer Josh Kelly has a busy month ahead with international tournaments taking him to eastern and then northern Europe.
The 19-year-old flew out to Macedonia today as part of a Great Britain senior squad competing against the cream of Europe’s young boxers in the annual Golden Gong tournament with the teenager set to box between Thursday and Sunday this week.
After that, he’ll barely have time to get home and rest up for a few days before he heads out to the internationally-prestigious TAMMER tournament in Finland which features the best amateur boxers from across the world.
That take place between November 20-24, with Josh having done superbly just to have made the squad.
These competitions are just a few more promising steps in the career of the Houghton ABC fighter who has blossomed in the amateur ranks in the last couple of years to the point where he is one of Great Britain’s brightest young boxing prospects.
The ex-St Aidans school pupil, who lives in High Barnes with dad Paul and mam Deborah, has boxed for England at junior, schoolboy and youth level
And long-term he hopes to be in contention for selection for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Josh’s dad Paul told the Echo: “He is continuing to progress and the Great Britain coaches are pleased with the way he is coming on but these tournaments coming up are big opportunities for him.
“They give him the chance to show in competition that he is developing on the right lines and can hold his own at any level.”