'Bad lad' who turned his life around through boxing hoping for success in armed forces tournament
A BOXER from Tonge Moor who beat his demons through his sport is hoping to pack a punch next month when he competes for the Armed Forces.
Karl Day, aged 24, was a self-confessed “bad lad” when he was a youngster — getting in trouble with the police and taking drugs.
But a one-off visit to Castle Hill boxing club when he was 13 changed his life around and has kept him on the straight and narrow.
After doing an apprenticeship in bricklaying, Mr Day joined the army when he was 21 as an infantry soldier for the Duke of Lancaster Regiment — and went on a three-month tour in Afghanistan last year.
He still trains at Castle Hill when he is on leave, and has been put forward to compete for British Army Boxing in Aldershot from September 2 — and he is hoping this will lead to greater things in the future. Mr Day said: “I was a bit of a bad lad when I was younger; always on the streets messing around, and then after a boxing session at Castle Hill I enjoyed it so much I never looked back.
Mr Day, who lives with mum Dorothy, has thrown his life into the sport and says it is the reason he got into the army aged 21.
He said: “I had been boxing a year and slipped back into my old ways again. Seeing my friends having so much fun was hard. Boxing is full on dedication — you can't mess around.
“The big thing for me was the threat of getting banned from the club if I was naughty at school or something.
“It’s one thing being grounded by your parents but I didn't want to be unable to train.
“I definitely made the right decision at the right time for me.
“My friends say I’ve changed a lot. It definitely makes you more confident and disciplined.
“Without boxing I would have never got into the army. I now have a good job and a nice car and I am getting the chance to do boxing through that.”
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