Head coach Terry Edwards has backed Brummie world champion Frankie Gavin to lead Great Britain into one of their most successful Olympic Games in Beijing next year.
Gavin, from Small Heath, claimed his Britain's first World Amateur Championship gold medal with a thrilling 18-10 victory over accomplished Italian Domenico Valentino on Saturday.
It wrapped up by far the most successful championships in the England team’s history, with Bradley Saunders and Joe Murray also claiming bronze medals and Tony Jeffries becoming the fourth Beijing qualifier.
Edwards said: "Frankie will keep his feet on the ground and his achievement will be a great boost to his team-mates. It says a lot about how good this squad is that I am actually disappointed to only get three medals.
"But it goes without saying this is a great boost for England amateur boxing. We were already going well because of the spotlight afforded us by Amir Khan, and now to win this many medals is really wonderful."
Edwards said the UK Sport funding has made a big difference, enabling the leading amateurs to effectively live as full-time fighters and train at a purpose-built facility in Sheffield.
For Gavin, who lives at home with his mum and travels to training at his Hall Green amateur club in Birmingham on the bus, things could be about to change quickly.
Edwards added: "We’ll look after him and protect him because we know the spotlight is going to be on him in the build-up to Beijing.
"But we have always believed in Frankie, and now he has proved himself."