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Joshua White with trainer Alwyn Belcher EMN-140819-082431001

Joshua White with trainer Alwyn Belcher EMN-140819-082431001

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Up and coming boxing star Joshua White has won his second gold medal of the year, this time taking the top prize for his weight category at the 2014 International Celtic Box Cup Tournament in Dungarvan, Ireland.

The tournament saw more than 300 boxers from nine countries come together to fight it out for the titles on offer.

Earlier in the summer the Rutland boxer won gold at the Haringey Box Cup tournament held at Alexandra Palace in London.

Light middleweight White, 18, from Hambleton, had a bye in the first round of the competition on Friday, and on the Saturday and in the final on Sunday he displayed his power to earn third round stoppages in both fights to win gold.

White said: “As my father said it is a massive achievement for a young 18-year-old with only 17 fights behind him to win back to back golds on a international level and brings me one step closer to my dream of Rio.”

White aspires to fight for Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and those dreams are becoming more of a reality with every victory, particularly since he has come under the wing of 80-year-old British boxing legend Alwyn Belcher.

Belcher has an incredible track record having trained Amir Khan and Prince Naseem Hamed before they were world champions and has been in the corner of Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams since she was 15.

White, who only took up the sport at age 13, has been training with him at the famous Ingle Gym in Sheffield which has recently produced its latest World Champion in Kell Brook.

Away from the professional element to the sport Belcher has taken athletes to nine Olympic Games and octogenarian is not done yet. After White won the Celtic Cup tournament Belcher told his young boxer he can go all the way to the top of the sport.

White said: “For a man of his integrity to say that gives me the confidence that I can go all the way, we are now looking for a prestigious sponsor who I would intend to stick with all the way on our mission to Rio.

“The successful candidate can look forward to international televised advertising for their brand/company on our vests and shorts or robe, and all the other perks like free tickets to the national and international competitions plus of course if we get to Rio there will be free tickets provided for the sponsors.”

Anyone interested in supporting White should call Charles England on 07837852975.

The next step for the Rutland fighter is a competition in Sweden where he will be going for a trio of gold medals.