BOXING: Five-star Dalton Smith continues his rise with yet another title

Steel City ABC's Dalton Smith lands a flush left hook on Tony Vincent (Woking) in the final of the England Youth Championship.
Steel City ABC's Dalton Smith lands a flush left hook on Tony Vincent (Woking) in the final of the England Youth Championship.

Red hot prospect Dalton Smith is rated five star after claiming yet another national title.

The Steel City ABC fighter won the 60kg ABA Youth Championship last weekend, his fifth national crown.

And he was joined atop the podium by gym mate Chris Luteke who produced a big upset in the 81kg category to become champion.

Smith beat Woking’s Tony Vincent in the final, forcing three counts before eventually taking the fight on points.

The Woodhouse fighter stopped Kory O’Neil in the quarter-final before comfortably seeing off Kane Corby in the final four.

Dad and trainer Grant Smith was delighted with his star man’s performance.

Steel City ABC's Chris Luteke won the 81kg England Youth Championship with victory in the final against William McCann (Kettering SOB)

Steel City ABC's Chris Luteke won the 81kg England Youth Championship with victory in the final against William McCann (Kettering SOB)

“Dalton was excellent all weekend,” he told Grass Roots.

“This was the first time the nationals had been organised over three days with the quarters, semis and final all in one weekend like international events are.

“It was a great experience and he flew through it.

“He dominated the final and had it gone on for another 20 seconds, I think he’d have got the stoppage.”

Dalton was excellent all weekend. This was the first time the nationals had been organised over three days with the quarters, semis and final all in one weekend like international events are. It was a great experience and he flew through it.

Dalton Smith’s dad and trainer, Grant Smith

Smith senior was full of praise for another of his charges Luteke who came away from the weekend with a big upset under his belt.

The 18-year-old beat multi-time national champion William McCann of Kettering School of Boxing in the final to claim his first national title.

Smith said: “It’s been two and a half years since Chris first stepped into the gym.

“He’s a raw novice but he’s got plenty of potential.

“He stopped two of his opponents on his way to the final and caused a big shock in the final. McCann is a three time national champion and plenty of people were expecting him to easily deal with Chris.

“But Chris was brilliant and hopefully it’s the start of big things for him.”

Smith is the youngest member of the current GB amateur boxing squad after being selected under the podium potential programme.

He is targeting a place at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Dad Grant said: “Dalton’s preparing for the Commonwealth Championships in Samoa later this year and the European Championships as well. There will be a few internationals coming up for him. It should be another good year.”