Hampshire enjoy away-day success

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Eric Israel

Portsmouth man reveals parents don’t know he’s a boxer after shock TV win

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Mark Chamberlain led the way as Hampshire stormed to victory over the Home Counties.

The county squad weren’t overawed by the trip into enemy territory as they stormed to an 8-4 success.

And the margin of victory could have been even greater as a couple of close decisions went against the county squad.

Bailey Fowler, Jack Hillier, Jesse Madgwick, Chamberlain, Jack Featherstone, Mateusz Ziolkowski, Ryan Morgan and Jacob Gabriel were all winners for Hampshire.

Chamberlain had a tough assignment against Junior ABA finalist Shafqat Khan.

But the National Schoolboy’s Championship runner-up came out on top as he got the verdict and underlined what a bright prospect he is.

Hampshire coach Darren Blair was delighted with what he saw from the squad, who rose to the occasion of representing their county.

Blair said: ‘Mark is a boxer with a bright future and showed that.

‘The lad he boxed made the finals of the Junior ABAs and they were quite confident of winning. But Mark stands out from the crowd.

‘They are doing a good job with him at Team Wiseman.

‘He was impressive and got a good win.

‘There were a lot of good wins and strong performances all round.

‘There was a lot to be really pleased with.’

It wasn’t just the winners who shone for Hampshire on the day.

Arthur Eason showed his vast improvement despite not getting the decision in his bout. And it was the same for both Harvey Blair and Luke Sands as the verdicts went the other way.

Blair said: ‘Arthur is a good example of a boxer who has really benefitted and improved from the Hampshire squad.

‘He has a pretty good attendance at sessions and he comes from a boxing background, with his dad a good boxer.

‘I couldn’t believe Harvey wasn’t given the win he deserved and it was the same for Luke.’

The next Hampshire squad show is earmarked to take place on Saturday, June 1 at Gosport ABC.