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Gosport announced their move to a new home with a string of wins.

Darren Blair’s squad chalked up plenty of victories and impressive displays on their first club show at their new headquarters.

Their new Cranborne Road base was swelled by a healthy turn out who roared on the host club’s fighters.

And there was a lot to cheer about as Gosport racked up a host of successes.

Mitch Harrop continued his impressive form as he delivered a win over Hastings’ Dave Hill.

That made it seven wins out of nine for Harrop against a more experienced opponent.

Harrop’s victory saw him named best senior performer as he showed more of his promise.

Ricky Pipe displayed his class when he took on Sydenham’s Tony Collis and delivered a unanimous win.

Super-heavyweight Rob Milkoz made it a debut to remember when he met Leigh Park’s Alan Gough.

Milkoz got the crowd jumping in an entertaining tear-up which saw him gain a unanimous success.

Domio Gregory brought the show to a close on a high for Gosport as he boxed his way to his first win against Copnor’s Ryan Lee.

Dan Thompson and Titchfield’s Freddie Tuterrm gave the crowd value for money at 64kg, with Tuterrm edging a majority verdict.

Callum Pankhurst was in against Heart of Portsmouth’s Lewis Morgan.

The pair fought out an even encounter until some quality clean shots from Morgan brought the contest to a close at 58kg.

Hayley Hill showed she has plenty of potential along with her HOP opponent Cody Burns in their 34kg skills bout.

It was a packed gym which greeted the boxers, with the move to a new home already emphatically paying off for the club.

Now Blair is looking to see more growth from the outfit – along with progress from a promising squad of boxers.

He said: ‘The gym was totally full and that was really good to see.

‘We were able to make a good profit, which is important for a club like us. We need to pay the bills.

‘Mitch boxed really well and is coming on ready for championships next season.

‘Big Rob got in and had a tear-up which got the crowd going, and Ricky had a good win against an opponents who’s had 50-odd bouts.

‘Domio got the win his perseverance and hard work in training deserved.

‘And our young girls showed quality in skills bouts.

‘It’s coming together nicely.’

Gosport’s new home is also playing host to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight squad, who travel to Sussex for a junior match on Saturday, December 3.

They then take on Kent on home soil in a return clash on Saturday, December 10 – before a mouthwatering tie with West Ham, also at home, on Saturday, December 17.

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