Teen boxer tipped for the top after securing national title for second consecutive year

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Dan Elliott added to his light welterweight title last year with the middleweight belt at the England Boxing Junior Championships 2015.

The 16-year-old has experienced a rise in the ring over the past couple of years and is tipped to continue on the same upwards trajectory by those closest to him.

He picked off Adam Layfield over three rounds in this year’s semi-finals and then took the title with another points decision in the final against William McClelland.

And Dan’s uncle, Joe, was there to witness it all.

“He picked his opponent off in the semi-final and deservedly won it on points to get through to the final,” said Joe. “And once in the final Dan out-boxed him from the off.

“Dan has got a good reach and, when he came in to range, Dan came in with a long punch and caught him. He dominated the first and last rounds and did enough in the second to win it. His strength took over and got it on points.”

Joe added: “He’s done really well these last two years and has got a bright future ahead of him. He’s very dedicated and could tell you all about boxing.

“He’s a fanatic, he studies it and it’s what he lives for. He trains in the gym four times a week and when he’s not there he’s doing something else to help his performance.

“Dan thinks about his punches, picks his opponent off and is developing well. He’s six-feet tall and got time on his side as well. I think he will go all the way.”

Dan’s mum, Debbie, said he’s got so many trophies, she needs to buy a new cabinet for him to store them.

“He gets to keep the belt as it’s engraved with his name and the year he won it,” said Debbie. “He’s got so many trophies I need to go out and buy a cabinet to put them all in.”