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Zach back on trail of an England spot

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

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SOUTH Derbyshire’s Zach Parker will attend a second training camp this weekend as he continues his bid to make the England team for the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

The 18-year-old from Woodville will return to Leeds on Friday for a two-day camp — two weeks after attending an initial one-day selection session — as England coaches look to put together a team for the championships, which have been moved from their original venue of Bangkok, Thailand, to Yerevan in Armenia, and will now take place from November 25 to December 8.

The Swadlincote ABC middleweight spent last weekend at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield as he bids to strengthen his growing reputation by securing a spot on the GB Boxing development squad and putting himself in position to secure a seat on the plane for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Parker said: “The first England training camp went really well and they have invited me back to Leeds this Friday and Saturday.

“We did a lot of sparring and they said that I was looking sharp and said they wanted to see me again.

“I will be staying overnight and I think the weekend will consist of sparring, running, pad work and tactical sparring.

“I will then hopefully hear next week if I have made the England team for the Youth World Championships.”

Parker won the Clubs for Young People championships in November of last year and then went on to capture the Class 6 Junior ABA 75kg title.

He will fight in the senior ABA championships this year and his form over the last 12 months has put him firmly on the radar of GB Boxing, who are looking for the next generation of stars following their tremendous success in London this summer.

Parker used the same facilities which helped inspire the likes of Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell, Nicola Adams, Fred Evans and Anthony Ogogo to win medals in London, and felt he did himself justice.

He said: “I think the GB camp went better than the England one to be honest.

“I did 15 rounds of sparring over the weekend and did three sessions a day.

“It was quite hard, but it was a really good experience.

“The facilities are amazing. It is a top set-up and the best gym I have ever seen — and I am hoping to be back there in the next couple of weeks.

“I trained with the existing development squad (which includes Burton super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke) and I felt part of the squad.”

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