Kent boxer Karol Itauma has won a gold medal at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. 17-year-old Karol, from Chatham, beat athletes from Puerto Rico and Egypt to claim a spot in the Olympic final. Karol took on Russian reigning two-time European and World Champion Ruslan Kolesnikov in the light heavyweight final on 19th October – the last day of the Games – and came out of the bout victorious.
Karol is a member of St Mary’s Boxing Club, and complements his boxing training with specialised work here at The SCI. Head Coach & Director Alex Shoebridge and Senior Coach Craig Alexander both work closely with Karol and his St Mary’s boxing coach to ensure that he has optimum training and nutrition programmes in place for his age, fighting weight, upcoming competitions and to support his recovery.
Award-winning facility The SCI work with numerous local athletes including judoka Jemima Yeats-Brown and professional boxer Lewis Syrett. Coaches Alex and Craig act as sponsors and coaches to Karol, lending their time and expertise to help this talented young boxer fast-track his career. National level strength and conditioning coach Alex delivers bespoke training sessions which help prevent injuries, and aim to make Karol as strong and aerobically efficient as possible without affecting his build and fighting weight. Craig’s experience and expertise lies in calisthenics, and he delivers carefully designed drills to enhance Karol’s movement and flexibility. In addition to the physical work in the gym, Alex also designs and oversees Karol’s nutrition programme.
Youth Olympic champion, Karol Itauma said: “I have been working with Alex and Craig for a few months now, they are a tremendous team that have enabled me to excel in the strength department. This is only the start – they are always exploring ways to further develop me as boxer and athlete to reach my full potential. With hard work and guidance from the team the sky is the limit! I am excited and looking forward to getting back to training. Matthew 19:26.”
Director and Head Coach at The SCI, Alex Shoebridge, added: “From the moment I met Karol I knew he had a very bright future in this sport, and it has been an honour and a pleasure to work with him over the last 13 months. For such a young man, he carries himself exceptionally well, is confident (yet far from arrogant) and is incredibly humble, too. I’ve loved working alongside fellow Coach Craig to design training sessions that would push Karol closer to his goal, and we will continue to work as hard as we can for Karol.”