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Troubled Phillips Back On Track
Boxer back in the ring and making a name for himself
Posted May 20, 2011 by Chris White
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Amateur lightweight boxer Danny Phillips has promised that he is now on the straight and narrow and fully focussed on getting back his place in the Great Britain Olympic team.
The 20-year old was booted out of GB boxing last year, once the selectors finally decided that enough was enough, as Phillips continued to struggle with behavioural and preparation issues.
Phillips, who was highly tipped to be in a medal position at the 2012 London Olympics, has said that becoming a Dad for the first time has made him see the error of his ways and focus on what’s important. Having already beaten the USA’s number one and two lightweights, the Brit clinched the ABA title on Saturday, beating Louis Adolphe, the night before his son Levi’s first birthday.
Phillips says, "I fell in with the wrong crowd, and I threw it all away. South Bank is a rundown area and no good is coming from it. There is lots of crime and unemployment and boxing is my way out of that. I want to achieve good things for my son. I don't want him to grow up in the same area I grew up. I want him to grow up in a nice area. Now I'm trying to keep in with the right crowd, get on with the boxing, and get out of South Bank.”
Phillips is spot on. The only way to set things straight is to do what he does best – box. If he manages to apply himself, there’s no reason he can’t fulfil his promises of getting away from South Bank and making a future for himself – and his family – through boxing. Many boxers come from similar backgrounds, with similar stories, and they’ve gone on to make fantastic careers and lives from it. There’s no reason why Danny Phillips can’t do the same. He clearly means what he says, as shown by the ABA title. Hopefully he can go on, maybe as a professional, if not, then certainly with Great Britain in the Olympics.