JUNIOR ABA champion Luke Crowcroft has had his first taste of action in an England vest and is all set for more after being selected to represent his country at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Scawthorpe scrapper won a silver medal at the British Youth Championship last weekend in his first outing for England.
And he also found out about his call up for the Games which will be held in the Isle on Man in September.
The highly-touted 16-year-old said: “I was already on top of the world with being in the England camp but I can’t get over the Commonwealth Games call up.
“It was a great weekend.
“I’ve got the feel for that England vest now and I’m not going to let go of it without a fight.”
Crowcroft overcame Scottish representative Scott Forrest in the 81kg semi-final of the GB Championship with a comfortable 7-2 victory.
The Ernie Oxer School fighter had Forrest in trouble on several occasions but could not quite take advantage.
Crowcroft faced Welshman Alex Hughes in what proved to be a frustrating final for both fighters.
The first two rounds saw neither boxer pick up a score.
Hughes clinched a tight 3-2 win in the final round to seal the gold medal.
Crowcroft said: “I was bit disappointed with the final but it was just one of those fights.
“He was a bit more skilful than me and I really piled the pressure on him but neither of us could land anything.
“The semi-final was great though because the kid I beat is being talked about as a top up and coming Scottish fighter.
“As the score shows I was quite comfortable.”
While most amateur boxers are now easing off their training schedule due to the end of the season, Crowcroft will have a tough summer ahead in preparation for the Commonwealth Youth Games.
But he knows he will not be alone in the Mexborough-based gym where he trains.
European bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell will be there preparing for his triple title fight with Stuey Hall in early September.
Crowcroft said: “I had a call from Jamie’s trainer Stefy Bull after I’d got the call up and he’s told me we’ll be training with them.
“It’ll be brilliant because if you ca’;t learn from someone as good as Jamie, you’ll not learn from anyone.
“And hopefully I can test him in the gym as well.”