20/01/2012 15:41 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Punching Above His Weight? Dad Puts £100 Bet On Six-Year-Old Son Becoming Boxing Champ

A proud dad has bet £100 that his six-year-old son will become a British boxing champion, reports This Is Gloucestershire.

Former amateur boxer Jon Pitman is so confident in his son Jay's ability in the ring, he asked William Hill for odds on him becoming a national champion.

William Hill gave him odds of 50-1, so 38-year-old Jon from Tuffley, Gloucestershire put down £100 on his son being crowned a British champion before he turns 25.

"He has a long way to go and he may decide that boxing's not for him but I can't see that," said dad-of-five Jon.

"He is so committed to training and loves what he does. There's no chance of him sitting in front of an Xbox. He has grown up around the gym, he has been here since he was in a pram."

Jon was selected to box for England, but injury forced him to retire at 20. He now runs Fight Factory gym in Tuffley, and Jay helps out with his dad's sessions.

"I asked him once to land a left hook on me and I had to live with the bruises!" says Jon.

What do you think?

Good way to keep fit and hone skills or too much pressure at such a young age?

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