WALCOT boxer Patrick McDonagh has been chosen to join a select group of 10 English boxers who will compete in the GB Youth Three Nations Championships in Edinburgh next weekend, writes DAVE VEYSEY.

This event brings the cream of England, Scotland, and Wales into battle over two days of competition.

There will be two semi-finals in each category next Friday, with the winners meeting in the final the next day.

The 17-year-old won the English Youths Class A, light-welterweight title last Sunday, with a convincing points win over Northern Champion Aaron Boyes from Bridlington Boxing Club.

He also won the Youth Ambition title at 64kgs last November.

Ahead of the tournament, McDonagh said: ‘I’ve boxed a few times for England Schoolboys but this event means more to me.

“As only 10 boxers from the 20 English Youth Championship winners have been chosen I feel very honoured to be going to Scotland to box for England Youths.

“Training is going well and I feel fit and ready to do myself justice. I will give it my best shot and hopefully come home with a gold medal.”

Walcot chief coach Harry Scott was delighted at Patrick’s inclusion, saying: “This England selection means a great deal to Patrick and to Walcot Boxing Club.

“This team really is the ‘best of the best’ at his age group. Patrick has been a consistent performer for many years, and I feel sure he will do Walcot proud in Scotland.”