Callum turns pro as Kourtney joins Army
A YOUNG boxer is following his dream of turning professional.
Callum Smith, aged 20, is one of the members of the Downend Boxing Club still striving for success despite the pandemic.
Callum has boxed since the age of 11 and has had more than 60 contests, many at the elite competition level for each age group as he has grown up.
Among the tournaments where he has represented the club, based at the Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds, are the Celtic Box Cup in Ireland, where he won a silver medal, and the prestigious Haringey box cup.
Callum will be trained by Welsh former professional boxer and middleweight world title challenger Gary Lockett, in Cardiff.
Downend Boxing Club coach Craig Turner said: "Callum is massively gifted. Trying to hit him is like trying to catch butter melting in a pan, and whilst you're missing, he's hitting you with fast, accurate shots.
"With continued commitment and drive, Callum can be special, and we would all love to see that happen."
Former Downend boxer Kourtney Morgan-Hemmens could continue her sporting career in the Army.
Kourtney, 19, is the first woman to wear the Mercian Regiment's badge after passing out of training at Catterick.
The regiment is known as the Heart of England's infantry.
Craig said: "We couldn't be prouder of her – next stop possibly the Army boxing team."
As the young members of the boxing club continue to train at home during lockdown, England Boxing has launched the national Strava running challenge to keep the country's boxers in shape.
The challenge is to run one kilometre in the fastest time recorded by the Strava app.
Downend boxer Jasmine Poole won the competition on two consecutive weeks, with times of 3min 27s and 3min 30s respectively.
Jasmine plans to continue to defend her title.