The area’s top boxing talent shone in the county round of the ABA Schoolboy Championships.
And now they are out to continue their march to the Southern Counties stage tomorrow as they face Surrey’s best.
There were winners from plenty of local clubs, with the likes of Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) and Ted Harris Boxing Academy shining.
Bailey Fowler led the way for HOP as he picked up two wins in the class 1 38kg category. Fowler overcame Ted Harris’ Billy Cable before going on to defeat Fareham’s Harry Maggs with unanimous decisions.
Fowler stepped through the gears in each round against Cable and handed Maggs two standing counts on the way to his second win.
Joe Hunt came out on top against Waterlooville’s Joe Butler at 34kg.
Butler showed plenty of aggression and impressed but it was Hunt’s boxing skills which saw him get the verdict.
Jack Fenton was a majority winner over Tadley’s Tommy Owen at 42kg, as he mixed shots to head and body with effective pressure.
In class 3, Jack Featherstone took on Stacey’s Callum Rodden at 46kg in a highly-anticipated meeting. The clash lived up to expectation, with both talents refusing to give any quarter.
Featherstone impressed early on with a four-punch combination catching the eye in the second.
Rodden’s stamina saw him take the fight to Featherstone in the third before the HOP talent was given a unanimous verdict.
HOP coach Paul Kapnisi is confident his club’s charge will continue tomorrow.
He said: ‘They all put the work in in the gym over Christmas and it is paying off. I am very proud of all the performances.’
It was a good day for the Ted Harris Academy as Ashley Davenport emerged victorious over HOP’s Lewis Morgan at 57kg in class 2. Davenport was a unanimous winner in a tough battle in which he was largely in charge.
James Barnard had a tough encounter with Stacey’s Isaac Lock at 40kg but just did enough to get the win.
In class 1, Tyler Hall was a winner at 36kg over Copnor’s Bradley Davis.
Hall boxed well, making Davis miss on the way to a majority success.
With Harry Needham and Frankie Clark also getting walkovers, life is looking bright for the newly-formed outfit.
Coach Ted Harris said: ‘It’s been a good start for the club. The boys are boxing well. I have a top right-hand man in Graham Thomson and we have a show coming up on April 28 in Buckland.’