GREG BRIDET starts out on the road to his national title defence tonight.
The Heart of Portsmouth ABA champion weighs in for the championships at the preliminary round of the prestigious event.
Gosport ABC hosts the opening stage of the competition, which has now been rebranded as the England Boxing Senior Elite Championships.
This year’s event sees boxers take part without headguards for the first time.
It also gives fight fans the chance to see some of the highest-calibre boxing they are likely to see locally.
That’s ahead of the Southern Counties finals next week at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth.
Bridet will have to wait for the draw to see if he boxes tonight in his heavyweight division.
And there are a host of other local talents set to be involved.
Moneyfields international Josh Pritchard aims to make an impact at senior level in the bantamweight division.
Poseidon’s Terry Singh and Leigh Park’s Shane Govan could meet each other at lightweight. And supporting bouts will feature Stacey pair Jesse Madgwick and Harry Chandler, along with Moneyfields’ exciting Sid Williams.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight honorary secretary, Yinka Bellow, is looking forward to seeing an evening of top-class contests.
Bello said: ‘This is a high standard of boxing.
‘Greg Bridet is a GB boxer and there will be a lot of entertaining bouts.
‘Terry Singh and Shane Govan could possibly meet – and that will be a good bout if they do.
‘There will also be supporting bouts featuring locals.
‘It’s a chance to get out and enjoy quality boxing.’
The England Boxing Senior Elite Championships are held tonight at Gosport ABC, Cranbourne Road, Gosport.
The weigh-in for the event takes place from 5-7pm with boxing set to start at 7.30pm.
Tickets coast £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s.