Boxer Carl keeps Olympic dream alive after winning national crown

May 2016

UCB Boxing Academy hot-shot Carl Fail is celebrating after winning a prestigious national title. 

The 19-year-old was victorious at the England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016, held at the Echo Arena Liverpool. Carl beat 26-year-old Olympic hopeful Ekow Essuman to take the welterweight crown. 

UCB’s Boxing Assessor Ivan Cobb said Carl was now on track to achieve his dream of representing Great Britain at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 

Carl is studying a BTEC Level 3 Sport Performance and Excellence Diploma, alongside an NVQ Diploma in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance. 

He said: “I still can’t believe it. Winning means everything to me. Boxing is my life. I knew I was capable of winning, but it was a big shock to a lot of people. 

“I’ve had massive support from everyone at the UCB Boxing Academy. They’ve been helping me with sparring and pushing me to the limit.” 

Carl, from Northampton, started boxing at the age of 11. He added: “I absolutely see myself winning a gold medal at the Olympics.” 

The Boxing Academy, run in partnership with England Boxing, is the only one of its type in the West Midlands. It allows elite fighters to combine college studies with the tuition and training required to reach the top of the sport. 

Find out more about UCB’s Boxing Academy.