Duo fly flag in Junior ABA quarters

Alfie Steeves will be in quarter-final action this weekend    Picture: Mick Young
Alfie Steeves will be in quarter-final action this weekend Picture: Mick Young
Joel McIntyre. Picture: Sarah Standing (161623-8349)

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The march towards Junior ABA Championship glory continues tomorrow.

And Alfie Steeves and Ben Bendle will be flying the flag for the area at the quarter-final stage against London.

Portsmouth ABC’s Steeves meets Repton’s Harvey Horn for a place in the semis.

Steeves goes at 48kg in the class five category after being given a walkover to the latest round of action.

Bendle, a member of Heart of Portsmouth (HOP), had to dig deep to earn his spot in the quarters against Southend’s Charlie Warr.

Bendle needed to overcome an injury to grab victory with a gutsy performance at 66kg in class four.

The HOP talent went over on his ankle in the first round, prompting fears he would not be able to continue.

He showed resolve, though, to continue and use quick hand speed and body movement to get the verdict.

Portsmouth’s Lucas Ballingall was a winner against HOP’s George Stead but then went out to Billericay’s Callum Smith.

Harley Hodgetts bravely went down to a loss to Chatteris ABC’s Jordan Gill at 60kg in class six.

Hodgetts was in with a classy operator but wasn’t overawed by the challenge and put in a top effort.

There was controversy as CYP national champ Mateusz Ziolkowski found himself on the wrong end of a decision against Rayleigh’s Sam Malone.

The HOP camp were left fuming as the verdict went the way of Malone at 70kg in class five.

HOP boss Q Shillingford was pleased with the efforts of all of his team.

He said: ‘They all performed great.

‘George Stead was always up against it.

‘Lucas Ballingall is a very talented kid so George will come again.

‘Harley has moved to the next level. He proved he can mix it with the best in the country.

‘I feel for Mateusz. He is a true warrior who lives, eats and breathes boxing.

‘We weren’t happy with the decision but he will come again. He’s a force to be reckoned with.

‘Ben is another exciting talent and can go all the way. He’s ready for the next round.’