YOU could say Ryan Fletcher Smith is dedicated to making a career out of boxing.
‘‘I have to get him to slow down,’’ said John Shamsabad, head coach at St Marys RSL Youth Club.
Shamsabad is a good man to have in his corner, doubling as the NSW Amateur Boxing Association secretary.
‘‘Two years ago he came here to learn boxing and loves it, he’s so dedicated,’’ said the coach of the 15-year-old from St Clair.
Fletcher Smith attends the gym every day after school, training and sparring.
That training is paying off and he’s turned pugilistic potential into considerable performance.
Fletcher Smith represented NSW in State of Origin bouts in Queensland earlier this year but the real victory came at the NSW titles at Richmond Greyhound Club recently.
His opponent couldn’t match Fletcher Smith’s speed, agility, skill and ferocity.
‘‘Ryan is determined to achieve and has the skill and discipline to back his ferocious style, especially his powerful body punches,’’ Shamsabad said.
‘‘He’s very talented and is looking at a professional career.’’
Fletcher Smith more than just won a title.
‘‘He was judged the best in the tournament,’’ Shamsabad said.
The coach is plugging another fighter from the St Marys stable to keep an eye on, Faleupolu Fuimaono.
Having his second fight, Fuimaono won the NSW 81-kilogram novice elite division title by a technical knockout at the Richmond club.