Sid Williams has been handed an England call-up after going down to a gutsy Junior ABA final defeat.
The Moneyfields ace came up just short in his shot at the national title in Mansfield on Saturday.
Williams went down to a points loss to Everton Red Triangle’s Brandon Daord.
The European Championship competitor picked up the win in their 52kg clash in class four.
But there was plenty for Williams to be proud of as he caught the eyes of England selectors.
Williams’ coach, Aaron Pritchard, praised the 15-year-old’s efforts against a talented opponent.
Pritchard feels Williams’ run to a national final is reward for the work he has put in to improve himself
Pritchard said: ‘Sid did brilliantly.
‘He has trained so hard and put the effort in but on the day he lost to a very good boxer.
‘Sid performed well and we couldn’t have asked for any more from him.
‘We were disappointed with the result but he can happy that he did the best he could.
‘There’s no shame in losing to a national champion who has boxed in Europe.
‘We’re really pleased with how he has performed this season.
‘I think Sid will be motivated to improve himself even more now.
‘We’re happy with his attitude and his progress.
‘It’s a big learning curve for him, but he is developing all the time.
‘He’s a hard worker and that will hold him in good stead.’
Williams still has plenty to look forward to this season after being given his England call.
He will attend a training camp with his county next month before going on to take part in the Tri-nations Championships.
That is earmarked to take place on June 14 and 15 in Warrington.
The selection will provide more invaluable experience as Williams continues to progress.
He was told of his call-up following the final meeting with Daord.
A return contest with his rival could be on the cards in the event.
If it happens, Williams will be gunning for revenge.
But Williams being selected to box for his country is a cause for celebration in Pritchard’s eyes.
He said: ‘Sid has had his letter from England and has been invited to attend a training camp in June.
‘He has also been selected to box in the Tri-nations competition against Scotland and Wales.
‘That’s a first and it’s great that he is going to earn himself an England vest.
‘He will hopefully get the chance to box Daord again there.
‘Beating him there would be the icing on the cake for Sid.
‘If it’s not there then hopefully he will in the championships next year instead.
‘It’s a brilliant opportunity for him and it’s well deserved, too, after all the effort he has put in.’