Shane Govan goes for national boxing glory tomorrow in the Novice Championships.
The Leigh Park ABC talent has made it to the final of the national competition in Essex.
It’s rich reward for the 18-year-old’s dedication and development, with the class B talent the only fighter from Hampshire to make it to the last stage.
He meets City of Hull’s Charlie Paton as he goes for the crown.
The baby-faced assassin has surprised opponents on his march to success, with his youthful looks belying his quality and power.
Govan’s southpaw style, skills and clean punching has seen him rack up comprehensive wins on the way to his bout with Paton.
And now he is confident of going that one step further in a tough final tussle.
His trainer Miles Harding, who along with Peter Vince and Gary Neal has overseen Govan’s progress, is proud of the strides his charge has made.
Harding said: ‘Shane has a difficult opponent but is very confident and we’re looking forward to the final.
‘He has surprised people so far. He scores very easily and well. He has one of the highest totals in the competition and scores over 30 regularly.
‘He’s a fierce competitor as well and works hard.
‘People look at him and underestimate him because of his boyish looks.
‘They think they are in for an easy fight but obviously that’s not the case.
‘Shane’s a tricky southpaw, very ring smart and a good thinker. He’s a boxer not a fighter.
‘His punches are clean and they are easy to score.
‘The fact he has really got his head down and applied himself has paid off for him.
‘Now we’ll see how he goes.’
Govan has boxed for Leigh Park throughout his teens, coming through the outfit’s junior ranks.
His results down the years have been mixed but with his physical development accelerating, Govan has improved rapidly.
Harding said: ‘We’ve had Shane since he was 14 or 15.
‘He was a bit up and down as a junior but he filled out and applied himself.
‘He had a couple of bad losses but that didn’t bother him.
‘Now he’s on a run where he hasn’t lost in his past seven contests so it’s paying off.’
Govan’s final appearance is another piece of good news for Leigh Park ABC, with the long-established and respected name set to move to its own gym.
Harding said: ‘We’re doing well and have plans for the new gym.
‘We’re happy with that because we want the club to last.
‘It has a strong heritage and has produced many top boxers down the years.’