Tiverton High School student takes top England boxing ranking

Tiverton High School student Dylan Burston has become England number one light heavyweight boxer for his age.

The 15-year old is a Year 11 student, a sports captain and student ambassador. PE teacher Niall Heeney oversees our More Able and Talented programme, and believes Dylan has what it takes to turn professional.

“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 life with really good GCSE results, and the challenge they need to achieve sporting success. Dylan has clear personal objectives and the school, PE department and I are doing what we can to push him along that path.

“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.”

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

“I like to think people can look up to me and realise what it takes to become a good athlete.”

Richard Grigg is a coach at Bideford Boxing Club, where Dylan trains. He says: “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.

“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.”

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.

“His motivation is inspiring and his friends are all supportive of him, and his boxing coach Richard Grigg is amazing and he has travelled up and down the motorway in one day to support his boxers who could be fighting at different ends of the country on the same day.”

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

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