TWO Vauxhall ABC boxers will be aiming to make maximum impact when they line up at the Junior Four Nations next week.
Matty Fagan and Paul Butler are targeting medal success after they were chosen by the ABA to represent England at the junior tournament held at the Liverpool Olympia from June 22-25.
Fagan, 18, has built an impressive record at junior level and recently won the junior ABA class six title, while Butler, 17, has received his first international call-up after winning last year's NAC YP title.
Fagan said: 'I'm delighted to be selected and I can't wait to begin. I've been involved twice before and won a silver and a gold so, hopefully, I can win another medal this year.
'It's great news for Paul, too, and he deserves it because he's been in great form.
'We are both training hard at the club with Lee Holmes and Peter Phelan and will go there full of confidence.'
Fagan is hoping the tournament will help bolster his ambitions of stepping up to senior level next year and has already targeted a place at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
He said: 'I'm just looking to raise my profile now and make an impact when I move up to senior level next year.
'I'm aiming high and I'm hoping I can do enough to be considered for the Commonwealth Games in four years.'
Both Fagan and Butler are under-going intense preparation at Vauxhall ABC for the tournament and are set to meet up with the England squad for further training next week.
Club secretary John Smurthwaite is delighted the duo have been chosen and is hoping they will seize the opportunity to showcase their talents on the international stage.
He said: 'I'm made up Matty has been recognised as he has won a few high-profile youth tournaments and that's how you get noticed.
'But I'm also happy for Paul because that's all we wanted for him. He is a real talent and his chance to show everyone what he can do is well overdue.
'They are two of the top up and coming light flyweight and featherweight fighters around and this will give them the opportunity to train with some of the country's finest coaches.'