Boxer's podium potential spotted by GB

Boxer Harris Akbar and coach Mally McIver at Bradford College boxing club

Bradford College boxing prodigy Harris Akbar has moved a step closer to his Olympic dream after being called into the Great Britain Podium Potential squad.

It means the 17-year-old, who last week was named Bradford’s Young Male Sportsperson of the Year for the second successive year, will train with the best up-and-coming boxers in the country.

The teenager, who is a sport student based at Trinity Green and fights for the Bradford Police and College Boxing Club, took part in a GB assessment camp earlier this year and so impressed coaches that he was invited to join the Podium Potential Squad training ahead of the Tokyo 2020 games.

“It means I will train with some of the best fighters around and with Great Britain coaches at the excellent facilities in Sheffield at the Institute of Sport,” said the Great Horton based fighter who was boxing for England against Sweden on Friday night.

Mally McIver, Bradford College tutor and boxing coach, said: “Harris joins Jack Bateson , Mo Ali, Oliver Simpson and Connor Lofthouse as college students from our sports course to join the GB boxing team.

"I am thrilled for him and confident he will perform well."

Harris won a bronze medal at the World Youth Boxing Championship last autumn, bringing home England’s only medal from the tournament in Russia in November. He has since stepped up to senior competition.

He hopes to follow in the footsteps of a former Bradford College student Muhammad ‘Mo’ Ali and make it all the way to the Olympics. Ali, of Keighley, represented Great Britain in Rio last summer.

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