A DEWSBURY boxing coach has flown to Russia as part of England Boxing’s coaching staff for the Youth World Boxing Championships.
Former professional Mally McIver will spend the next fortnight in St Petersburg with the England squad of eight fighters and five reserves.
McIver has a particular interest in one of the boxers, the only Yorkshireman in the squad, teen Harris Akbar.
McIver coaches the 17-year-old at the Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy and is also his tutor at Bradford College.
And he is optimistic the welterweight could bring home a medal.
“He has got a good chance of winning a medal,” said McIver.
“It will be tough. There are 48 competing at his weight, making it one of the busiest categories. But with a good draw he is more than capable of delivering a medal.
“He deservedly won silver at the Europeans in Anapa over the summer and it is great to see him step up to the worlds now.”
The AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships run from November 17 to 27.