Final flings for Portsmouth duo

Guisa Warambwa takes on Tommy Watson at Portsmouth Guildhall
Guisa Warambwa takes on Tommy Watson at Portsmouth Guildhall
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Portsmouth’s dynamite duo are primed for their shot at Southern Counties glory tonight.

The finals of the senior championships arrive in the city as boxers bid to advance on the road to national glory.

Guisa Warambwa and Robbie Matthews are both ready to step into the ring at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Moneyfields ABC are staging the event and hope their talent Warambwa will shine when he meets Golden Ring’s Tommy Watson.

And Heart of Portsmouth’s Matthews will be aiming for success against Waterside’s Jimmy Dean.

Both Portsmouth boxers have tough tasks to emerge victorious, with the standards high at the final stage.

Moneyfields coach Ted Harris feels the public are certain to be given good value, though, with the local pair involved in two of the eight finals on the night.

Harris said: ‘It’s going to be a good show and the boys are buzzing.

‘Guisa has been training well. He has a hard bout with a good kid who has a lot of experience.

‘But he boxed well in the semis and is ready to go. He’s definitely in with a shout.

‘Robbie Matthews boxed really well in the semis, too.

‘He is boxing a lad who has been out for a year but is a strong kid.

‘One of my boys has boxed him before and he’s pretty relentless.

‘Robbie is a top boxer as well so that one has the makings of a cracking contest.

‘We want a good crowd to come along on the night and give them their support.

‘It’s an honour to stage the Southern Counties finals and bring it to Portsmouth.

‘The fact they are on home soil will have the lads fired up.’

As well as the Southern Counties finals, there will be a number of supporting bouts on the Moneyfields show.

Army boxers will meet local opponents and a number of junior contests will take place.

Moneyfields’ Billy Cable will be the show opener at 34kg, while the return between Alfie Raine and City of Portsmouth’s Connor Smith is a potential cracker.

The pair met recently in Leigh Park and picked up the fight-of-the-night plaudits in the 55kg clash.

Also at 60kg is Moneys talent Ethan Lock, who goes in with City’s Marley Edwards.

Harris said: ‘We have some good bouts to look forward to as well as the finals. Hopefully, we can raise some money to help with the running of our club.’

Tickets for the Southern Counties finals tonight will be available on the door, priced £10 and £5 (concessions).

Doors open at 7.30pm, with boxing due to start at 8.45pm.