Torfaen Warriors boxers to fight for Wales in European champs
4:01pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Sport
BOXING cousins Dino Smith and Shane Thomas will continue their rise in the amateur game by representing Wales at the European Junior Championships in Russia.
The EUBC European Junior Championships will take place in Anapa from November 8 to November 18 and the Torfaen Warriors Amateur Boxing Club pair make up half of the four-strong Welsh team making the trip.
Smith, who fights at 70kg, and Thomas (75kg) are both from Race in Pontypool and they will be joined by Kallum Skhane (54kg) and Kyran Jones (66kg).
The four are currently at their final training camp at the Team GB training centre in Sheffield with coaches John Radmore and Stephen Brophy and team manager Bob McCoy.
And Simon Weaver, who coaches Smith and Thomas at Torfaen ABC, is delighted by their progress at such a young age.
“I’ve coached both of them since they were nine years old and they’re 16 now so they have progressed a lot since they first came to the gym,” said Weaver.
“We’re very proud of them both. They’re good kids and they’re known throughout amateur boxing – and avoided ¬ ¬– because they’re so good!
“Along with our 13-year-olds Michael Fish and Crimea Jenkins they represent this club all over the world and last year we won more golds than any other gym in Wales.”
Smith has won 31 of his 34 bouts and has claimed the Welsh title five times and the British title three times.
He’s unbeaten in a Welsh vest and has won three gold medals at the prestigious Perkaa Cup in Finland.
He also managed to beat the highly fancied Rakhat Marzhikpayev, who went on to become junior world champion, at the Heydr Aliyev Cup in May.
Thomas has won 26 of his 31 contests and has four Welsh titles and three gold medals from the Perkaa Cup in his collection.
“They are progressing very well and a lot of that is down to former Wales coach Tony Williams, who has joined us at the gym,” said Weaver.
Torfaen ABC is holding an amateur boxing show on Friday, November 15, at the Parkway Hotel in Cwmbran to raise money to send more young prospects to competitions abroad.
Tickets cost £10, or £25 with a meal, and are available from Weaver on 07739156503.
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