Bideford boxer takes top England light heavyweight ranking

North Devon Gazette

Student Dylan Burston, who trains at Bideford Boxing Club, has become England number one light heavyweight boxer for his age.Â

The 15-year old is a Year 11 student at Tiverton High School, where he is a sports captain and student ambassador. PE teacher Niall Heeney oversees the school’s More Able and Talented programme, and believes Dylan has what it takes to turn professional.Â

“He has been a role model for all year groups,” he said. “We try and push our More Able and Talented students and ensure they have a balance of school life with really good GCSE results, and the challenge they need to achieve sporting success. Â

“He is an example student, who I can’t credit enough, and it’s a pleasure to have him in our year group and to be able to teach him.”Â

Dylan added: “I’m trying to get the best of both school work and training. After training, I’ll do homework and the school helps me with advice on diet, and activities during the day, and are so helpful in many ways.”Â

Richard Grigg is a coach at Bideford Boxing Club, where Dylan trains. He said: “Dylan has the dedication and work ethic in training that create the attributes to make him a great athlete. Potentially he has a big future ahead. He is on the England squad, so can go to the Olympics. We have professional boxers in the gym and he can follow them and make a career out of boxing.Â

“I’m a very proud coach. Through hard work he has turned into a good boxer but more importantly I’ve seen him develop into a good man with good moral values and respect.”Â

Dylan’s mum Vicky says Dylan has a tough training regime and dedication to the sport. “It’s not easy and Dylan has missed out on a lifestyle many others his age enjoy to pursue his dream of boxing professionally, but he never complains.”Â

Dylan recently beat the Welsh Champion Joe Anthony one in a unanimous points decision to cement his pace in the Great Britain rankings.Â