MARK CHAMBERLAIN is on the verge of achieving his world championship dream.
Team Wiseman’s national champion has been selected to take part in an England selection camp, which will finalise the squad to compete in Russia.
For us as a club to have a lad at the world championships would be a dream come true.Daron Wiseman
The 16-year-old stormed to victory at the England Boxing Junior & Cadet Championship finals in March.
Victory over Nico Leivers at 54kg saw him come to the attention of national bosses and earn selection for an initial talent camp.
That takes place from July 17 for two days, with the squad then being finalised to travel to the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in September.
Chamberlain is set to step up in weight to 57kg ahead of the camp in Tamworth.
Team Wiseman coach Daron Wiseman believes the emerging talent will be ready to showcase his ability and earn his place on the plane to St Petersburg.
He said: ‘We’re made up. Over the moon.
‘We’ve been training knowing that Mark is due to go up for an England camp.
‘We’re a couple of weeks ahead of what we should be.
‘But we’ll carry on as we are and be as good as we can be.
‘This is his second time now for England squad training.
‘If he’s picked he’ll then be boxing in the world championships in Russia later this year.
‘He’s gone up a weight because he’s growing so quickly. He’s comfortable at that weight.
‘Mark can’t eat whatever he fancies eating but he’s on a good diet.
‘That allows him to make his weight without killing himself.
‘He’s on the right diet to stay at that weight.
‘Now we’ve got dates to work towards we can hit it hard.
‘We are looking for a variety of sparring to prepare him for everything we could face.
‘It’s all go for us.’
Chamberlain’s potential call-up for the world event would represent an impressive landmark for Team Wiseman.
His place at the top of the national tree is assured, with the outfit possessing a number of boxers approaching that level.
That’s a fine achievement for the Wecock outfit, who have still not been backed by Havant Borough Council with a permanent place to train.
Wiseman said: ‘For us as a club to have a lad at the world championships would be a dream come true.
‘This would be the last stage of what I’ve been working for all my life.
‘But we’re trying to prepare someone for a world championships on the streets and in a community centre we’re hiring twice a week. It’s ridiculous.
‘Mark is thinking about the future and maybe one day turning professional five years down the line.
‘I’m slowly starting to think that’s where I could be one day. But once you turn professional there’s no going back to amateur boxing.
‘I know there are a lot of other boys at the club who can go far like Mark.
‘I’ve got so many good coaches in the gym I don’t think it’d affect us.
‘It’s a tricky question to answer in a few years – but we’ll deal with it when we get to it.’