Knock-out success for student boxer

A University of Wolverhampton student is celebrating a knock-out success after clinching a gold medal at a boxing championship.

David Adeleye won gold at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Boxing Championships at the weekend.

The third year BA (Hons) Business Management student beat his opponent in a first round knock-down to clinch the title in the 91kg plus category.

The 21-year-old is a University of Wolverhampton Sports Scholar and has been boxing for six years.

David, who is originally from London but lives in Wolverhampton during term time, said: “I was delighted to win – it was great for the University to do well at the BUCS Championships and great for me too. It was a fantastic experience.

“My plan is to continue getting as much experience as possible at an amateur level, and look at turning professional next year after I graduate.”

David was encouraged to consider boxing by a secondary school teacher when he was younger, as he was 6ft 1 by the time he was 14 years old. After going along to a gym to watch, he found he enjoyed the sport.

He adds: “I enjoy the discipline – if I wasn’t doing all the training I wouldn’t be as fit as I am. You have to be very disciplined and focused.”

James Dale, Student Sports Team Coordinator, said: “Having been involved with David’s training camp for the past two months has he has prepared for this fight, it has been a pleasure to support a student who has shown dedication to prepare for this opportunity. As with many boxing matches, David had a few complications along the way but he never let that distract him from what was important to him and his University, that gold medal!

“On behalf of WLV Sport and the University of Wolverhampton, I would like to congratulate David on his gold medal that is thoroughly deserved. Well done champ!”

The BUCS Boxing Championships took place at Staffordshire University on 3 - 4 February 2018.

 

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