Hamilton teenager David Nyika is set to represent New Zealand again at the World Youth Boxing Championships in Thailand in October.
Nyika, 16, secured his spot in the prestigious youth competition at a qualifying event in Auckland last weekend, overcoming two opponents to maintain his current No1 national ranking in the 69kg weight class.
He shows no signs of slowing down either with the desire to make an impact on the world stage.
"We'll probably get a training camp going – a seven-week training camp, eight-week maybe – and train real hard for that.
"Hopefully pull off a few good performances overseas in Thailand. From there on basically, I just want to keep on moving up and going hard."
Boxing is the main priority for the teen boxer nicknamed "Dangerous Dave" and he sees it only fitting that he repay his coach Rick Ellis for the time he has put into helping him further his aspirations.
"It's all boxing. We go hard at what we do. Coach puts a lot of effort into me, so you know, I have got to give it back."
The promising boxer looks like enjoying a week-long break before he begins an arduous programme that will see him training every day in the leadup to the championships.
"Got about a week off, which is a lot for us," Nyika laughs.
"Basically, we just get a week off and then we'll be back into it and look for a few more fights before that tournament."
This will be Nyika's second trip to the championships after competing last year, in Kazakhstan, in the 64kg division where he narrowly lost in a points decision to the Russian world titleholder.
The opportunity of a possible rematch excites Nyika, but he admits he is going into this year's world tournament as an underdog.
"I'm going to go in as the underdog, which is good motivation. "I hope to pull off a few good performances. A few wins would be nice under the belt."
In addition, the Hamilton Boys' High School student will travel to Tahiti to fight in the Oceania champs after the world championships and sees himself as a chance of winning the competition.
"Oceania's [Champs] in November, is one that I aim to win because it's definitely reachable."
The young fighter dreams of one day competing in the Commonwealth Games, then looks towards the 2016 Rio Olympics as the "ultimate dream".
"I'd say the big one for me would be the Commonwealth Games which is a long-term step, but then that's another step towards the Olympics.
"That's the ultimate dream. It's slowly kind of transforming from a dream to a reality which is awesome. I love it."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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