At seventeen, Sports and Exercise Science Level 3 student, Tino Bellot, is already well-established in his boxing career and he is definitely going places. Tino has won no less than four major tournaments, in the last three years. His first national final win came in 2017 when he won the Junior ABA Championships. In 2018, he won the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs (NABC) title. Later in 2018, he won the England Boxing National Development Championship. His most recent win was the Celtic Box Cup in September 2019.
Tino says of his National title wins: “It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve come out on top compared to every kid at your weight and age in the country, so it’s a huge achievement. Also, it just goes to show that having talent can get you to the top, but hard work and being consistent is what keeps you up there. I was never content with just one national championship. I don’t want to be a good boxer, I want to be a great one, so I kept working hard and won a further two national titles. I believe that everyone has an abundance of talent within us, but it’s what we do with the talent that makes us great.”
Tino’s ambitions for the future are to box for Great Britain in the Paris Olympics 2024, and with plans to turn professional after that, he has his sights firmly set on becoming the Unified Cruiserweight champion of the world.
Tino proudly says of his Celtic Box Cup win: “I weighed 91kg in that competition, and I won 3 matches in 3 days against men well into their twenties.”
A committed student and cornerstone of the college’s Boxing Academy, once his Sports and Exercise Science Level 3 course is complete, Tino intends to work as an Apprentice Physiotherapist.
Boxing Academy Coach, Douggie John, says: “Mine is a dream job, I get to work with extraordinarily talented boxers like Tino, and also to develop complete beginners. As I teach, I learn. Boxing Academy students know to expect lots of enthusiasm, humour and encouragement from me. Boxing is an individual sport, and yet we work with a strong team ethic to get the job done.”
For any aspiring boxers who may be following in Tino’s footsteps; his advice to you on joining the WLC Boxing Academy is: “Definitely join. There’s a tight-knit group of people who push each other to do better and to improve. Also, Douggie is a fantastic coach, and will get the best out of you.”
And Tino’s advice on enrolling on Sports and Exercise Science Level 3 at West London College? “I would highly recommend it, all the teachers are really friendly and fun to work with, and the facilities are good.”