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Army Heavyweight Talks Going Pro, Representing GB & Ending The Season On A High

Army heavyweight Natty Ngwenya is determined to finish the boxing season on a high, as he and four of his comrades feature for England in...

Army heavyweight Natty Ngwenya is determined to finish the boxing season on a high, as he and four of his comrades feature for England in the Three Nations Championship.

The prestigious event will showcase the best Great Britain has to offer as boxers from England, Scotland and Wales face off.

The hard-hitting fighter, who is involved for a second successive season after tasting success on the same stage last year, knows he's in the shop window and says victory could propel his career to the next level:

"The world is an oyster from there. You've got [representing] GB down the road or turning professional, who knows?"

British Army boxer Natty Ngwenya 2018

The 28-year-old told Forces Network he'd jump at the opportunity to represent Britain if asked:

"[I would do it] in a heartbeat... GB is the pinnacle of amateur boxing and everyone wants to be there."

The Grenadier Guards lance corporal is enjoying his time in the amateur ranks and hasn't given up on his dream of featuring at the Olympics.

He's aware of his age, however, and although at 28 his peak years as a heavyweight may be yet to come, he's aware that if he misses the next Games, he'd be 34 by the time they came round again. He said:

"Time waits for no man. I'm getting older as it is... If I do miss this next Olympics... I'll turn professional. It's not just training for me. It's a way of life."

For now, however, LCpl Ngwenya is focused on doing well for England and believes the training he gets with the Army team gives him a huge advantage over his rivals:

"We've got the privilege of training full-time, the whole year, [with] three sessions every day.

"[We have a] physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach, psychologist... and we've got a technical coach, Ben Stewart from GB.

"He's brought in his knowledge... and I think it's working a treat because everyone's learning and improving."

This year's Three Nations Championship take place in Rotherham from June 2-3.

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