THE COUNTY kings were crowned at the Hampshire & Isle of Wight stage of the England Boxing Schoolboy Championships.
And a host of local boxers shone at the event at Gosport ABC last weekend.
This round of competition marks the long road to national glory for some talents.
But for others it represents a proud moment of becoming county champion.
That was the case for Gosport’s Harley Youngman, Team Wiseman’s Liam Wiseman and City of Portsmouth’s Robert Robbins.
Waterlooville’s Jason Stanley, Leigh Park’s Declan Gough and Heart of Portsmouth pair, Harry Brown and Bailey Donald, were others to follow suit.
Youngman picked up a unanimous win over Leigh Park’s George Peck, with Wiseman coming through a tough bout with Stacey’s Jack Carpenter.
Robbins overcame Stacey’s Ben Speller, with Stanley beating Leigh Park’s Jack Rothwell.
Leigh Park’s Declan Gough shone with victory over Golden Ring’s Austin Southwell.
Brown stopped Moneyfields’ Keiron Smith, while HOP’s Peter Jarvie saw the verdict go against him when he faced Golden Ring’s Reuben Barney Smith.
City’s Harvey Marsh lost out to Tadley’s Andrew Davis.
Now, the inter-county stage of the competition lies in wait for last weekend’s winners.
That takes place in Crawley today against Sussex, with a place in the Southern Counties finals up for grabs for the winners.
Meanwhile, Sam Couzens was left fuming as his opponent Andreas Evangelou pulled of their televised showdown last weekend at just an hour’s notice.
The Titchfield scrapper launched a fierce attack on Evangelou for ‘bottling’ their clash, which was due to be televised on BoxNation.
Couzens said: ‘I couldn’t believe it.
‘I saw him just before the contest and told him I was ready for him.
‘He then said that he wasn’t feeling well. He looked fine when I saw him.
‘He’s just lost his nerve – he bottled it.’