Danny Dignum to wait before turning professional

Danny Dignum

Essex boxer Danny Dignum has said he will wait before turning professional, despite being crowned British amateur middleweight champion last weekend.

Dignum, 20, beat Scotland's Kieran Smith 21-15 in the final.

He told BBC Essex: "I'd rather stay about in the amateurs, because if you go in the GB squad it's only going to make you a better fighter."

"If I could have a few years on that and gain more experience, then I think I'd be better off doing that."

Dignum, from Bowers Gifford, near Pitsea, already has a major event in his sights.

"In two years time, the Commonwealth Games are in Scotland, that's what I'd like to get to."

Danny's twin brother John, who was a 2011 Amateur Boxing Association champion, has since turned professional.

He won his debut pro fight at Bethnal Green in January, beating Ryan Clark on points.

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