MARK CHAMBERLAIN has been backed to show his international class on his England bow.
The Team Wiseman ace makes his debut in an England vest today in Germany, after being given a call-up for his country.
He’s ready to go out and show what he can do for his country.Daron Wiseman
Chamberlain is part of 14-strong squad travelling to Schwerin for the Sven Lange Memorial Tournament.
It’s reward for the 16-year-old’s hurtling progress, after a year in which he stormed to success at the England Boxing and Boxing Junior & Cadet Championships.
A spot at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships was in the pipeline for Chamberlain.
But safely making the 54kg spot he was earmarked for proved a bridge too far for the talent.
Chamberlain has now moved up to 57kg, a switch his coach, Daron Wiseman, feels has been a big benefit for him.
Wiseman said: ‘Mark can’t wait to get going.
‘He weighed in earlier this week and was under 57kg.
‘Mark’s been working with a nutritionist and has been on a good diet. His weight is perfect.
‘He was going to the world championships but couldn’t safely make the weight.
‘He’s gone up in weight now and it’s been brilliant for him.
‘Mark’s shot up in height and width. He’s probably about 6ft now.
‘That means he is actually big at the weight and Mark is a strong kid as well.
‘England have been watching him closely. He’s been going up to Sheffield for training.
‘That’s happened three times now and has really helped his confidence.
‘Now he’s ready to go out and show what he can do for his country.’
Chamberlain’s England bow will be a proud moment for his club and trainer as well as the boxer.
After joining Team Wiseman nine years ago, the talent has stayed with the Wecock-based outfit where he has enjoyed success.
Team Wiseman coaches have been pushing Chamberlain as hard as ever to ensure he is in peak condition to deliver on the international stage.
Wiseman said: ‘I’ve trained Mark since the age of seven.
‘I remember him coming into the gym and being scared to let go of his mum’s hand.
‘She had to stay and watch because he wouldn’t get involved without her there.
‘Now he is the number one in England.
‘We’ve worked hard with him to get him ready for this tournament.
‘We’ve taken him everywhere sparring from Heart of Portsmouth to Southampton to Repton in London.
‘We’ve had eight coaches in the gym working with him, who have all done their bit to push him. He’s never trained so hard in his life.’