August third, 2021
FRANK WARREN IS delighted to announce the signing of teenage novice celebrity Royston Barney-Smith.
The 2-time European championship gold medallist, 17, will flip skilled with Queensberry upon his 18th birthday on January 4.
Barney-Smith, who may even be managed by Corridor of Fame promoter Warren, has loved a glittering stint within the novice code of the game, with 50 fights beneath his belt bringing about 45 wins. The product of Pinewood Starr has represented England at 4 worldwide championships and worn the colors of his nation on 37 events, profitable 36.
The Poole-born teen, who was raised in Southampton, diverted from his 2024 Olympic dream – the place he was strongly tipped for achievement – after linking up with Southampton coach Wayne Batten to extend his expertise in tandem along with his novice exercise.
Batten, who additionally trains Ryan Garner and Mark Chamberlain, will prepare Barney-Smith within the skilled ranks from his new fitness center premises throughout the shadow of Southampton FC’s St Mary’s dwelling floor.
A right-handed southpaw, Barney-Smith received gold at each the 2017 and 2018 Europeans, additionally accumulating bronze in 2019. His gold medal exploits restricted his participation in Nationwide championships, the place he has two successes to his identify.
“I can’t look ahead to it and I’m itching to get going,” stated Barney-Smith, who intends to initially marketing campaign at tremendous featherweight. “I used to be meant to go to the 2024 Olympics after which, clearly, Covid hit and messed issues up. Then I began speaking to Frank, took every part into consideration, and right here we’re.
“It was a really, excellent supply and I took it with each palms. Coming to coach with Wayne alongside my novice work sort of clashed for me as a result of I used to be watching all the professionals like Mark Chamberlain and Ryan Garner earlier than going again to the novice fitness center. I used to be the highest one and there was no person to look as much as or chase.
“So I’ve pushed my novice profession to 1 facet to come back over to the professionals. It was a change of coronary heart over a time period, to be sincere. The place I used to be dominating a lot yr upon yr, it grew to become like ‘what am I doing this for?’ and I fell out of affection with it a bit of bit.
“Now I’m turning professional, it is sort of a entire new chapter the place I’ve bought to perform issues and be one of the best I may be.
“The way in which I combat actually, although it’s going to sound cringey, it’s a bit poetic. I don’t actually get hit lots, I don’t like getting hit although I’m a boxer and it’s a part of the job. I float throughout the ring, moderately than step or plod, I glide and pull photographs out of nowhere. He’s right here, he’s there, bomb, and he’s gone once more!
“There’s undoubtedly additionally energy there and I’ve given the nationwide champions of a great deal of nations standing eight counts preventing a yr above my age group. I all the time push myself to be one of the best and all the time fought a yr above.
“Within the first 12 months we’re going to take it regular and study our craft. I’m not terrified of preventing anyone although and I’ve been sparring the likes of Martin J Ward, the present Spanish champion (Alejandro Moya), Ryan Garner and Lyon Woodstock.
“My dream is to be the youngest world champion.
“Frank Warren is a pleasant individual and he believes in me personally – and I imagine in him. There was an automated connection between us, we clicked and he can get me to the place I have to be and I’ll commit my full life and soul to it. It’ll occur.”
Promoter Frank Warren added: “I’m thrilled to deliver Royston onboard and I can’t wait till January once we can unleash him on the skilled ranks. He’s a singular expertise with an excellent pedigree from the amateurs and a confirmed winner at worldwide stage.
“All of the substances are in place for him to change into the whole package deal as a professional and I’ve as a lot confidence in him as he rightly has in himself. It’ll be an thrilling journey and it will likely be a privilege to handle and promote him as he takes the following huge step on his profession path.
“He has bought himself a prime coach in Wayne, who’s doing huge issues down in Southampton, build up an excellent crop of younger fighters together with Ryan Garner, Mark Chamberlain and the Frankham cousins, Josh and Levi. So Royston might be working in good firm and they’ll all push one another alongside.
“I really feel positive the general public and followers will heat to him and get proper behind him in his quest to change into a world champion at a younger age.”