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Moneyfields' Dudley Jennings, right, won. Picture: Mick Young (150637-03)
Moneyfields' Dudley Jennings, right, won. Picture: Mick Young (150637-03)
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Wickham’s Blu Bowers showed his true colours as Portsmouth Stacey hosted the Southern Counties stage of the competition.

There were quite a few who excelled themselves and have now gone through

Yinka Bello

And he was joined by the likes of Moneyfields’ Dudley Jennings who progressed along with a throng of talents to the quarter-final stage.

Heart of Portsmouth’s Harvey Lane also proved he is showing the commitment needed to make strides in the junior amateur event.

Over 20 bouts were staged on a packed day of action in Portsmouth.

Bowers picked up a points win over Mole Valley’s Jack Smith at 29.5kg in a standout performance.

He was joined in the quarters by Jennings, who was also given the points decision as he grabbed glory and a Southern Counties title by defeating Sporting Ring’s William Rusher at 40kg.

Lane overcame the test provided by Cooper Boys’ George Ging at 50kg.

The event, hosted by Portsmouth Stacey, proved a decent spectacle and Hants and Isle of Wight honorary secretary, Yinko Bello was delighted with its success.

Bello said: ‘It was good and we were pleased with how it went.

‘There were quite a few who excelled themselves and have now gone through. There weren’t too many disappointments at all.

‘Blu Bowers boxed really well and was probably the performance of the day.

‘Harvey Lane also impressed everyone and Dudley went through, too.

‘Brandon Gooding, from Gosport, got eliminated but gave his all.

‘There were a lot of bouts all told and we felt we could be pleased with how it all panned out on the day.’

Now a stern test awaits the host of boxers who advance to the next stage of the competition at Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) next weekend.

London and Western County boxers lie in wait – with prestigious outfit Repton flooding the competition with their boxers.

HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, said: ‘All of our boxers are through, even if some of them didn’t get to box as was planned.

‘Our head youth coach, Paul Kapnisi, along with Matt Fenton and Colin Brown have done a top job preparing our boxers for the championships.

‘And they will be ready for what lies ahead.’