PROMISING boxer Haydon Young says he is as keen as ever to represent his country in the future after narrowly missing out on taking the England Under-14 Schoolboy boxer title recently.

Young, who is a year-nine pupil at Lawn Manor Academy, won the Western Counties final earlier this year and then beat the North Eastern Counties champion in the Schoolboys Under-14 championships.

Despite winning five of his last six fights, the 13-year-old was unable to overcome opponent Paddy McDonagh in the final of the England Boxing National Championships.

Haydon’s father Kelvin, who had a 28-bout professional career as a light-heavyweight, said he is very proud of the work that his son has put in this year, and that his future in boxing looks bright.

“Haydon did really well to be one of the best two in the country,” said Kelvin.

“He worked very hard, and gave up football for a few months so that he could concentrate on his boxing.

“Next season he’ll be a junior, and he’s now on the pathway to becoming part of the England Team.

“He’ll have four training sessions at Sheffield with the GB squad, where they’ll see what he can do in the gym. We’re very proud of him.”

Haydon, who is a member of Lydney Amateur Boxing Club and is trained by Bryan Higgs as well as by dad Kelvin, said boxing in the final has given him some excellent experience.

“I train from Monday to Thursday, then do some sparring on Saturdays and Sundays, and like boxing very much,” said Haydon.

“I felt nervous warming up before the final, but once I got inside the ring I felt excited. The semi felt exciting, but the final was even better.

“When I was beaten I was a bit disappointed, but I could tell that I have really improved since last year. I’d like to go into boxing professionally.”

Connect teacher Chris Fox of Lawn Manor Academy, which is part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust, said that Young’s commitment to training in order to reach his full potential is exemplary.

“At Lawn Manor Academy we encourage and support pupils to do the very best they can in whichever fields their talents lie,” said Chris.

“Haydon has really committed himself to his chosen sport, and understands that by putting in the hard work he can go really far. We are very proud of his achievements, and we will be watching his career with great interest in the future.”