British light heavyweight champion and Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi was a surprise visitor to Chichester-based St Gerards Boxing Club.
Coach Gerry Lavelle was asked by his trainer Mark Grainger if he could host the unbeaten 2016 Rio Olympian, who is being tipped for big things in the pro ranks after 12 straight wins including ten knockouts.
Lavelle said: “We only had a small group of our boxers present as it was such short notice, but it gave Joshua the space he needed to have a proper workout as our club can be very busy at times.
“He did a number of rounds of technical shadow boxing and padwork with Mark, than spent a number of rounds on three different bags. He looked in very good shape and Mark was pushing him hard.
“Our club boxers worked alongside him.”
The real treat for the Chichester amateurs came after Buatsi, a former South Norwood and Victory ABC member from Croydon, finished his session.
Lavelle said: “When he had finished the workout, he spent around ten minutes talking to all the boxers present about his boxing journey in life, about hard work, discipline and believing in your dreams.
“It was very inspirational for the boxers, who also got to have pictures with Joshua as a well.
“I was very impressed by how humble he was and that he took time out to give back to boxers in the same position he was ten years ago speaks volumes for Joshua and his trainer, Mark.
“We were extremely pleased that he decided to visit our wee club and wish him all the success for the future. I am positive that he is a future world champion within the next two years.”