Girls set to show their power

HOP coach Q Shillingford

HOP coach Q Shillingford

This tribute to Portsmouths boxers which will be unveiled in Guildhall Square in August.

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Female boxing continues to go from strength to strength across the area’s clubs.

Gosport and Heart of Portsmouth will both stage key events in the coming weeks.

The Southern Counties will come to the city to meet the Western Counties in a female representative match.

And the Hampshire & Isle of Wight squad will then take on a select side at Gosport’s excellent new gym.

First up is the Southern Counties squad get-together at HOP tomorrow ahead of the rep match on Saturday, April 28.

That will see all of the exciting young talent from across the south taken on their rivals in what is sure to be an exciting evening of action.

Then comes the trailblazing all-female show at Gosport – believed to be the first show of its kind in the country.

That follows on the Hampshire training session recently staged, which saw 30 females of all ages and ability get together at the Gosport’s Cranbourne Road gym.

Gosport coach Amanda Holloway said: ‘We have remarkable talent in this area and it’s about time we highlight what has been and what can be achieved in amateur boxing for women and girls.

‘We are hoping to replicate our previous success and promote women’s boxing with our first female event.’

HOP coach Q Shillingford will organise the Southern Counties show and training squad.

The squad will be led by Southern Counties female head coach Rebecca Donnelly.

Shillingford believes it’s another step forward for female boxing in the area, which is already clearly thriving.

He explained the doors will be open for boxers from all over to attend the event.

Shillingford said: ‘The development of female boxing is close to all our hearts.

‘Therefore, boxers from outside regions wishing to attend the squad for sparring or experience are more than welcome to come along.’

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