TYLER HALLAWELL is celebrating a surprise England call-up.
The Schoolboy Championship finalist will break new ground after becoming the first boxer from Team Wiseman to represent his country.
Hallawell is pencilled in to take on Scotland and Wales’ top talent at the Tri-Nations’ Tournament – which begins in Manchester today.
It’s a huge boost for the 13-year-old after he suffered the disappointment of losing out on a split decision to Darlington’s William Ward last month.
Ward has been ruled out of the competition with a thumb injury, however.
And with Hallawell shining on the big stage after his exciting breakthrough, selectors had little hesitation in turning to the Team Wiseman boxer.
His trainer, Daron Wiseman, explained it’s a huge boost for the 38.5kg boxer after the heartache of missing out on representing his country by the narrowest of margins.
Wiseman said: ‘It’s unbelievable news for Tyler. Brilliant.
‘We got the call on Wednesday that he’d been given the chance to box for England.
‘He did really well in the final and lost on a decision which could have gone either way.
‘All he wanted to do was to box for England and represent his country.
‘When he lost he thought that chance had gone.
‘He was heartbroken after that and cried all the way back from Liverpool.
‘Now he is boxing against Scotland and Wales and is over the moon about it.
‘He can’t wait to get out there and represent his country.’
Hallawell’s call-up represents a huge fillip for a Team Wiseman outfit who continue to punch above their weight.
And the last-ditch nature of selection has not caught him on the hop as he shows an ongoing dedication to the noble art.
Wiseman said: ‘It’s worked out well because Tyler is always in the gym anyway.
‘It just so happens that he’s been doing some hard sessions.
‘He doesn’t stay out of the gym and had been doing eight rounds on the pads with different coaches. That wasn’t for any particular reason.
‘Even after the championships Tyler was back in the gym straightaway.
‘So there’s no doubt that he’s ready to box.’
Hallawell’s progress to the Schoolboy Championship final marked his breakthrough campaign in amateur boxing.
But he is still training without a permanent roof over his head for Team Wiseman.
The club are often forced to go about their work in parks and even on the streets around the streets where they are based in Wecock Farm.
They are given occasional access to a local community centre, but are still desperate to lay down roots.
Those issues haven’t stopped Hallawell achieving big things, though, with Team Wiseman also well stocked at the Southern Counties final of the England Boxing Junior Championship in Gosport tomorrow.
Wiseman said: ‘We still haven’t got our own gym. But we’ve got a boxer boxing for England and are on fire in the junior championship.
‘It’s not bad for a little club from Wecock.’