Awesome foursome on brink of finals

Walid Adenas, left, in action for Heart of Portsmouth. Picture: Mick Young
Walid Adenas, left, in action for Heart of Portsmouth. Picture: Mick Young
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Portsmouth’s fighting four have made it to within a single step of the England Boxing Junior Championship finals.

Moneyfields pair Owen Hooper and Joe Butler emerged victorious from the quarter-final stage of the competition in Swindon on Saturday.

And they were joined by Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) duo Walid Adenas and Jack Fenton who both delivered impressive wins.

The depth of local amateur talent was seen as an outstanding eight boxers made it to take on Home Counties and Western Counties.

Butler had a tough task on his hands against old foe Jimmy Bowers.

The Pinewood Starr boxer has recorded a win over Butler this season and reached national finals previously.

But Butler didn’t let that overawe him for a second as he delivered a unanimous Class A win at 42kg.

And it was a similar story for stablemate Hooper as he went up against Reading’s Robert Cook at 75kg in Class B – and took a unanimous decision.

Now Billericay’s Joe Giles lies in wait for him this weekend, with Butler going up against Hooks ABC’s Edward Barrett.

Moneyfields coach and Southern Counties secretary, Aaron Pritchard, is delighted with the development of both boxers.

He said: ‘They were both really good, fantastic in fact.

‘Both boys boxed so, so well to get the wins. They have trained very hard in the gym and done well in sparring.

‘Joe is doing well in every department, punching well and looking comfortable.

‘Owen is really busy and it’s pleasing to see him get a good win, too.

‘In fact, all the boxers who made it to that stage from local clubs should be proud. They are all learning.

‘Now those who got through are looking forward to boxing in a national semi-final.’

Adenas delivered a stunning success to topple double national champ and Tri-Nations winner William Webber, from Hoddesdon ABC.

Despite it being just his second season, Adenas coolly handled an early onslaught before taking control and boxing well at different ranges to get a deserved victory at 66kg in Class B.

HOP team-mate Fenton followed suit as he won every round against Downend’s Tom Tovey.

Priory student Adenas now faces Bromley’s Fred Secular on Saturday with Fenton meeting Sudbury’s Ryan Sumner at 54kg in Class A.

Team-mate Billy Cable came up just short against Luton’s highly-regarded Steven Duffy at 52kg in Class A.

HOP head junior coach, Paul Kapnisi said: ‘We were very happy with the performances of the boxers.

‘They all boxed to instructions and did themselves and the city very proud.’

Meanwhile, Natasha Cole capped a fine weekend for Moneyfields as she travelled to Tamworth to take part in an all-female show.

In one of the first events of its kind, Cole had too much strength for Lions ABC’s Victoria Morgan.

That saw Cole earn herself a unanimous points decision.

Moneyfields coach Pritchard said: ‘Natasha is really coming on well.

‘We know that staying busy is the best thing for her and she has had a few bouts now. We’re pleased.’