Sid hits the world stage

Sid Williams has his bag packed for the Ukraine. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132431-9703)
Sid Williams has his bag packed for the Ukraine. Picture: Malcolm Wells (132431-9703)
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Sid Williams this week aims for glory at the highest level at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships.

Williams has continued his amazing emergence with selection for the event in Kiev this week.

It’s more huge recognition for the Moneyfields talent who is now beginning to make big waves in the amateur boxing world.

Williams will compete under the AIBA banner in the Ukraine, with the Amateur Boxing Association of England suspended internationally over governance issues.

The 16-year-old will be among boxers from 72 countries vying for honours on the big stage.

And his coach, Aaron Pritchard, has set the bar high for Williams as he competes in the 52kg category.

Pritchard said: ‘It’s amazing news for Sid that he has been selected to box at the championships.

‘He flies out to Kiev this week and is out there for 11 days with 72 countries.

‘It’s a massive achievement for him and a huge honour.

‘Now we’re keeping our fingers crossed for him when he goes out there.

‘He’s going out there to box for gold and has every intention of picking up a medal.’

Williams’ most recent accolade is the latest in a long line of successes for him in recent months.

He stormed to the final of the Junior ABA Championships last season before going down to a loss to Everton Red Triangle’s highly-regarded Brandon Daord.

Daord was given a tough examination before coming out on top as Williams then picked up a silver medal at the Tri-Nation Championships.

Those performances paved the way for involvement in a number of camps at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

And now he is about to proudly step out on the world stage in his greatest achievement.

Pritchard said: ‘Sid had a fantastic season. He boxed in the Tri-Nations and got a silver medal as well as making it to the Junior ABA finals.

‘It was against the same kid in the Tri-Nations as the ABAs.

‘But it was a very close contest the second time and he was invited to a series of training camps afterwards.

‘It’s been a long season for him but he has kept going.

‘Sid has been in Cyprus with his family on holiday but has been doing his training runs and coming back for the camps.

‘He’s in great condition and bang on the weight.

‘Preparations have gone brilliantly for him and he just wants to get out there and get going now.

‘What Sid’s done is really fantastic – he has done us all proud.’