KNOTTINGLEY SYD Ringside Boxing Club’s Josh Milner will have his first crack at the Yorkshire Schoolboy Championships at Havercroft today (Saturday).
Twelve-year-old Milner, from Airedale, takes on Jack Carne from Hoyle Mill BC, Barnsley in a clash of two unbeaten boxers.
Carne, who has won all his three fights so far, often visits the SYD Ringside gym to spar with Milner.
It will be the stiffest test of Milner’s career but he is in great form and has been training seven days a week in preparation for the fight.
His coach Pedro Carragher said: “Saturday will be a very big day for Josh. It will be the first time he has something to aim for.
“Jack Carne is a good boxer with great skills and speed and if Josh is not at the top of his game he will struggle to compete with the Barnsley lad but experience , strength and power is the key for Josh.
“If Josh fights like he can and pressures Jack I am in no doubt Josh will bring back the title. He has never trained as hard in his life.”
Another SYD boxer Poppi Burton is also is in great shape ahead of her next fight in Manchester on February 3.
Poppi, from Knottingley, faces a stiff test against last year’s schoolgirl champion who is a much taller girl.
Poppi, who also won the schoolgirl championship last year, has been training hard in preparation for a tough contest.
SYD Ringside are staging their first tournament of 2012 at Kellingley Social Club on Friday, February 10. Doors open at 7pm for the event which will feature 16 bouts.
Tickets cost £10 and are on sale at the club. SYD are also looking for sponsors for the tournament.