Boxers looking for county glory

Hampshire with have a large contingent of local boxers representing the county when they travel to Milton Keynes
Hampshire with have a large contingent of local boxers representing the county when they travel to Milton Keynes
Joel McIntyre. Picture: Sarah Standing (161623-8349)

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County pride is at stake as Hampshire take on the Home Counties today.

The squad travel to Milton Keynes to take on their rivals on a packed card.

The likes of Gosport trio Callum Pankhurst, Ryan Morgan and Harvey Blair feature.

And they will be joined by Fareham’s Arthur Easen and Heart of Portsmouth pair Jack Featherstone and Bailey Flower.

Team Wiseman’s National Schoolboys’ Championship finalist, Mark Chamberlain, is also due to feature in the action.

Hampshire coach Darren Blair is looking forward to witnessing a quality day of boxing.

And he knows there will be pride for those involved as they represent their county.

Blair said: ‘There will be a big crowd going up with all the coaches and boxers.

‘Yinka Bello has done the match-making and got some really good bouts on.

‘We’re looking at there being 14 bouts at the moment but, with bouts falling through, it would be good to get 11 or 12 on.

‘Callum Pankhurst is boxing and I’m looking forward to seeing him.

‘He is 14 but 70kg, so it’s not always easy to get him matched.

‘But he has turned up at every Hampshire training session and he now has the chance to get his vest. It’s a nice boost for him to get that.

‘Sid Williams will be looking to impress, and there’s Ryan Morgan who has got his weight down to 68kg from 71kg and is looking good.

‘He will be looking to shine as well as Harvey Blair, who is boxing 3x3min rounds for the first time.

‘There are some good young boxers from Heart of Portsmouth and Jack Featherstone was looking good in training as well.

‘It’s nice to see Arthur Easen boxing, too, after a good win a few weeks ago.

‘Getting that vest can be a real good boost for these boxers and push them on.’

Today’s clash follows on from a successful Hampshire training session at Heart of Portsmouth last weekend, which showed the county squad is still thriving.

Blair said: ‘We had a training session at Heart of Portsmouth’s gym last week.

‘Over 70 boxers turned up for that, which is a brilliant turn out.

‘There was a lot of good quality there. There was a good buzz about it. It went really well and now the boys can’t wait to get out there and wear the Hampshire vest.’