Drumchapel youngster Leo Church has been selected to represent Scotland at the annual Schoolboy Three Nations Championships in England next month.

Leo was invited to train at Boxing Scotland’s High Performance Centre in Glasgow earlier this year after impressing with a gold medal at the Scottish Intermediate Championships.

The Argo Boxing Club boxer has been training alongside fellow elite youngsters ahead of the Three Nations Championships with Boxing Scotland confirming his selection to the 20-strong squad last week.

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Speaking to Post Sport, Leo said: “I’m delighted to be selected. It’s a massive achievement for me. I’ll be travelling down with Boxing Scotland so it should be amazing.

“I’ve been training at the High Performance Centre for the past few weeks so it’s a good chance to go down and show that work off. I’ll be travelling with my teammates which should make it a good weekend.”

Fighting away from home could be a daunting task for any fighter, never mind one at just 12-years-old, however, the Boclair Academy pupil is no stranger to fighting in - and winning - international events having come away from a tough competition in Slovakia last summer with an impressive gold.

“I’ve fought away from home before in Slovakia and won so I don’t get too nervous with fighting away or in front of crowds,” he added.

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As for Leo’s plans for the future, Commonwealth and Olympic aspirations are at the forefront of his mind as with any young up and coming boxer. 

However, the sway of big fight nights like his idol - pound for pound lightweight king Vasyl Lomachenko - and Scotland’s newest world champion Josh Taylor, ensure the youngster already has a professional career in mind.

“I want to go pro eventually,” Leo admitted. “I’d love to be able to earn money from something that I love doing. I want to have a job where I wake up in the morning and look forward to it every day.

“I love watching all boxing on TV at the moment and I like seeing the attention and praise they get for being the best. I want to grow up and be just like that.

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“My favourite boxer is Lomachenko. He’s a totally different level to anyone else right now. That is inspiration. 

“Josh Taylor was fighting at the Hydro at the weekend and winning a world title, too. I’d love to get the chance to get those kind of nights of my own. That’s the dream.”

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