Action-packed day in store as boxers bid for nationals

Moneyfields boxing coach Ted Harris
Moneyfields boxing coach Ted Harris
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The senior ABAs are coming to Portsmouth tomorrow.

Moneyfields are hosting the preliminary and semi-final stages of the Southern Counties Championships as the road to national glory gets under way.

That means a host of local faces will be in action at the Charles Dickens Centre, Lake Road, with a host of local clubs involved.

They will take on the best there is to offer from Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

With some boxers fighting twice on the day, it promises to be a packed card of boxing.

The winners will then move on to the finals, to be staged at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday, March 12.

Moneyfields coach Ted Harris is looking forward to an exciting day of action.

He said: ‘There will be plenty of boxing and a lot of local people taking part so we want everyone to come out and cheer them on.’

Weighing-in starts at 10am for the event, with boxing expected to begin at midday. Tickets are available on the door, priced £10 and £5 (concessions).

Meanwhile, University of Boxing are looking to build on a promising opening when they stage their show on Tuesday.

The newly-formed Portsmouth outfit, which hosts the Portsmouth University club, will be holding an event which sees them go up against the Corps of Royal Engineers.

Other supporting junior bouts involving the University juniors and other local talents will also take place.

University have made decent progress after opening at the end of last year at their purpose-built gym on Goldsmith Avenue.

University spokesman Chris Smith said: ‘We’ve had a good start and the gym is packed. We just need some sponsorship to help us move forward.’

The event is being staged at Liquid and Envy nightclub, with doors opening at 7pm and the first bout getting under way at 8pm.

Tickets cost £10 and £7 for students/forces.