Carlo Geraldi will face his biggest test in his young boxing career on Saturday when he squares off against Paul Lee Cairns from Little Hampton.
As Carlo is just 11 years-old he is too young to represent England, which usually come as a result of being crowned national ABA champion, until next year but this does not make the prospect of winning less special.
Carlo said: “I feel amazing in every way. I feel fit and sharp and I’m looking forward to the fight it will be an amazing experience. Training alongside the likes of Jake Slater and Isaac Macleod gives me lots of help and confidence because I know I’m just one win away from winning a national title like them.”
It proved to be a pretty frustrating tournament for Carlo with very few national competitors at his age and weight-class. The boxer from Ford Estate has not boxed since he crowned North East regional champion on the 28th January.
Then he beat Shildon’s Carl Stout in a dominant and fast paced performance, which included a standing eight count to Stout in the third round. He eventually won 33-19 on points.
He received byes through the quarter-final and semi-semi-final stages but is relishing the chance to get back in the ring on Saturday at the Newbiggin Leisure Centre.
“It has been disappointing not to be fighting as much as I’d like to but I know I would have got this far regardless. It is my dream as an amateur to box for England and this year I’m too young, so for now it is all about experience ready for next year.”
Carlo Geraldi’s final and all the other minor class national finals will be held this Saturday at the Newbiggin Leisure Centre, with the boxing set to start at about 1:30pm. This will be followed by the regional senior finals in what looks sure to be a fantastic day of amateur boxing.