Rhondda AM Leanne Wood has sent a good luck message to a young boxer who has just turned professional.
Decorated amateur boxer Rhys Edwards has decided to follow in the footsteps of a long line of successful fighters from the Rhondda by going into the professional game.
The 19-year-old from Penygraig will join up with former boxer and renowned trainer Gary Lockett at his gym in Cardiff.
Rhys has enjoyed an illustrious career as an amateur boxer having been selected to represent Wales during the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas last summer. He also won the under-19s British lightweight title at the GB Junior and Youth Three Nations 2017 against older and more experienced opposition after turning 17.
Ms Wood, who knows Rhys’s family well, said: “I have followed Rhys’s amateur boxing from afar for a couple of years. His skills in the ring, allied with an excellent work ethic, have earned numerous titles and taken him all over the world.
“He is a fantastic example of what you can achieve with a lot of hard work and determination. He has flown the flag for the Rhondda and Wales. I’m sure, with the backing of his close-knit family, this will continue in the professional game.
“I wish him all the very best for the future and will continue to monitor his career.”