Darlaston's Ben Whittaker going for gold on the Gold Coast
Black Country boxing hope Ben Whittaker is off to the Commonwealth Games in Australia – and warned his rivals: “I’m going for gold on the Gold Coast.”
The Darlaston fighter has been selected for England for the games which start Down Under in April.
And the 20-year-old, currently at a boxing tournament in Hungary, told the Express & Star: “We’re due to fly out in mid-march for a training camp and to get acclimatised ahead of the games.
“I can’t wait to get out there. I can’t wait to get the England vest on and go for a gold medal. I’m going for gold on the Gold Coast – it’s got a nice ring to it.
“I’m not looking for anything else other than a gold medal.”
The 20-year-old Wolves fan said he is looking forward to seeing Australia – but only after the main business of topping the podium in the
75kg class in the Commonwealth Games boxing ring.
“I’m going there to win and let all the others worry about me – I know that if I box how I know I can then I’ll be wearing a gold medal round my neck at the end,” said Whittaker, who boxes out of Firewalker Boxing Club, in Wolverhampton.
“If I box anywhere near my best I can beat anybody there, so I’ll let them worry about me.”
After hopefully securing gold in Australia, Whittaker then wants to fight at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo before turning professional.
“The Commonwealth Games is a big opportunity for me – it’s on the telly and people see what you’re doing so it’s good publicity,” added Whittaker.
“After that I want to go to the Olympics, and turn pro after that.”