Scunthorpe schoolboy could be boxing star of the future
IF ANYONE is well placed to assess a young boxer's talents it is Mike Bromby.
He is the coach who spotted the potential in Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell – and now he is backing a Scunthorpe teenager to be an equally big success.
Thirteen-year-old Liam Riley, who trains at the same St Paul's Boxing Academy in Hull as Campbell, already has an area title to his name having won the Yorkshire Schoolboy Championships at 40kgs at the first attempt.
Bromby though, believes that could just be the start for the Invenio Academy pupil.
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"He's really dedicated. He comes over from Scunthorpe three or four days a week," said the St Paul's head coach.
"He's another great youngster coming through and is improving all the time.
"I put him in the Schoolboy Championships for a little bit of experience really, and he more than surpassed what I thought he'd do.
"He's got a very bright future.
"He's really sparring well.
"He listens and learns and puts it together. This is his apprenticeship.
"He's definitely a star of the future.
"The way he's coming on, he's definitely a champion of the future. He's already Yorkshire Schoolboy champion and there's a lot more to come.
"He's a real pleasure to have at the Academy."
The Championships took place at Havercroft Sports Centre and Liam, who has only been boxing for around three years, was warmed up beforehand by Scunthorpe pro, and fellow St Paul's fighter, Cameron Stevenson.
He also got down to the last eight in the country in the national championships.
"He boxed really well," Bromby said of Liam's feat.
"It was his first time in a national championship and the first time he's won the Yorkshire Schoolboy Championship, which is a feat in itself.
"He's really improved. He's come on leaps and bounds.
"He's really dedicated."