‘World’s strongest boy’ in remarkable career change ahead of boxing bout debut

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  • An 18-year-old once labelled as the 'world's strongest boy' has had a remarkable career change 13 years after breaking world records for his amazing strength aged just four.

    Romanian Giuliano Stroe became headline news when he became a Guinness World Records holder for the fastest 33-foot hand-walk on record.

    He did it live on Italian television, with a weighted ball on his leg.

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    In 2010, he also broke the record for the most 90-degree push-ups – he did 20, breaking the previous record of 12 live on Romanian TV.

    It had been hoped that the boy would make a career out of weightlifting, and in 2014, Giuliano's fitness fanatic father Iulian Stroe, had spoken of his determination to make his son famous and put him through a grueling two-hour regime each morning in Florence, Italy where his family lived.

    But Iulian's plans went awry and he was forced back to Romania. He was making a living from scrap metal trading in the village of Icoana, and had hoped to come to the UK to find either work or a sponsor for his boys.

    And if that worked, then the boys and their mother would join him in the UK.

    That hasn't happened – however his new career choice is still in-keeping with the strength he once showed as a youngster.

    In a new video posted to his YouTube channel, Giuliano is seen sparring in a boxing area with his brother Claudio.

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    The latter has already proven a success in Romanian boxing rings, recently winning a national championship medal, and it is hoped that his more famous brother will prove a winner, too.

    The new video shows the pair doing boxing drills in, what look like, an outdoor training area in darkness.

    The pair's father is heard commentating over the top of the video captioned “Giuliano train for youth National Boxing Championship”.

    He said, first in Romanian and then in English: “I don't know how it is in your part, but here it is enough of cold.

    “Guiliano prepare for national boxing championship.”

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    Dogs can be heard barking and screeching in the background of the clip.

    Most of Guiliano's social media accounts are run by his father.

    He posted on Facebook that he was looking to raise funds to cover the costs of his son's boxing tournament debut on December 5, and has set up a PayPal account for people to donate to – although it is in his name, not his son's.

    It does, however, tell where the family now live, as it states that he is based in Comuna Icoana, Olt, which is a small are of Muntenia in Romania.

    The small town contains just one supermarket, one bar, a police station, court house and a few residential roads.

    It also appears to be several miles away from the nearest big city, which is the capital of Bucharest – a near-three hour drive away.

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