MACON, Ga.-- Maliek Montgomery has won state, regional and national titles, but now he faces the international stage.
"I feel good about it," said Montgomery. "This will be my first international tournament. I'm just ready to go."
The 17-year-old won the 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals and will compete for the 2012 USA Youth World Championship Boxing team at the end of November.
Montgomery will represent the U.S. in the 132 pound class at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Championships November 22 throughDecember 8.
Monday, Mayor Robert Reichert hosted a reception at the Bishop Ray Boxing Arena in Macon to honor Maliek's accomplishments.
"We wanted to wish him well and tell him we hope he does well and brings home a gold medal for us," said Reichert.
"It means a lot," explained Montgomery. "Just to show that people actually care about what I'm doing and the difference I'm trying to make in Macon."
Montgomery and his father leave on November, 5 for San Juan, Puerto Rico. There he will train for just over two weeks before traveling to Yerevan, Armenia for the AIBA Youth World Championships.