Repton boxer Shiloh Defreitas wants to continue International winning streak
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Repton’s golden boy boxer Shiloh Defreitas insists he has no intention of seeing his winning international streak come to an end when he competes on the European stage later this month.
The 18-year-old claimed gold for Team England at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas earlier this summer, which saw him maintain his international record and unbeaten run to 12 fights.
Having overpowered opponents from Trinidad and Tobago, Wales and India, Defreitas faced Australia’s Josh Fitzpatrick in the final to secure a convincing 5-0 triumph.
And despite facing a gruelling battle to make the weight for the 56kg category, the boxer’s efforts paid off in the form of top spot on the podium – and Defreitas has warned he is there to stay when he competes at the EUBC European Championships in the youth category later this month in Turkey.
“At these European champs, I’m going for gold. I’m not satisfied with any other colour to be fair,” said the teenager, who is one of 50 young athletes to receive financial backing from the SSE Next Generation scheme, with Olympic and world champion cyclist Katie Archibald one of its alumni.
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“It’s never hard to keep myself motivated, because one gold is never enough. It’s just about remaining focused.”
But it was far from easy for the South London boxing sensation, who overcame a challenging experience to see off his opponent in the final.
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“Every day I’d have to try and shed my weight, rehydrate, have a nap. I was often going 2kg over,” said Defreitas.
“It was a bit stressful, but I monstered it out, held the weight and dieted, remained focus and kept my eyes on the prize.
“It didn’t affect my performance, in fact, it allowed me to step up.
“He was a tough boy – I was trying to trick him a lot. He couldn’t’ really figure me out.
“I kept on smiling at him just to try and get inside his head.
“He was struggling with the weight as well. We were all staying in the same hotel – but were sleeping on different landings.
“I bumped into him a couple of times and he had his sweat gear on trying to run the weight off too.
“When we first met in the finals, it was pretty evenly matched – he put his body through a lot of stress as well.” And the young Repton Boxing Club athlete insists he is looking to emulate the feats of Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko, who recorded 396 amateur wins before claiming the WBO featherweight title in only his third professional fight.
“I’m remaining focused, so when I turn pro, I’ve got a good amateur career behind me,” said Defreitas.
“Look at Lomachenko, he had nearly 400 amateur fights and he claimed a world title in his third fight.
“I’m hoping I can achieve something similar when I start out in the pro ranks.”
Since 2013, SSE is proud to make a difference to young people, their families and their communities, by investing in the future of sporting talent through the SSE Next Generation scheme.