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Walid Adenas in action against Bradley Whitear Picture: Mick Young
Walid Adenas in action against Bradley Whitear Picture: Mick Young
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WALID ADENAS powered on in the Youth Championships after a sensational weekend of action.

Adenas overcame Golden Ring’s England international, Sid Williams, with an upset unanimous points decision on Friday night.

That saw the 64kg ace move into an inter-county clash with Surrey’s Bradley Whitear at Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) show on Saturday.

And despite being in action the previous night, Adenas charged his way to another comprehensive win.

It was his come-forward aggression which proved too much for Whitear as his corner pulled him out at the end of the first round.

Meanwhile, Williams wasn’t at his best either as Adenas got the better of him in Poole.

The former Moneyfields boxer started brightly as he looked to keep his opponent at bay.

But the longer the contest went on the more Adenas enjoyed success as he stalked down his opponent, who had a point taken off for holding.

That gave him the impetus to go into his next bout at Charter Academy, which was never in doubt.

Adenas has been backed to go a long with in the national championships this year by HOP coach Sami Elslamanabi.

Elslamanabi also highlighted the input of fellow HOP coach Colin Williams in Adenas’ success.

He said: ‘Walid was absolutely fantastic. He is winning, winning, winning!

‘Sid is a very, very good boxer and tried everything to win and keep Walid off him. But he was holding on at the end as Walid attacked.

‘Walid was saying he will not have anyone take the win from him.

‘That’s why I believe he can go all the way in the competition this year.

‘He is under no pressure because he does not have a lot of experience.

‘But he is so hungry to do well.

‘We have been working really hard to prepare him and Colin Williams has been very important for Walid.

‘He has helped him a lot with his technique and improved him.

‘Next is the Southern Counties this weekend. Walid will be doing everything possible to win.’

Stacey’s Ashley Devenport pulled out of his contest at 69kg for personal reasons.

And City of Portsmouth’s Alex Millar went down to a brave points loss at 60kg to Woking’s highly-regarded Jimmy Vincent.

Millar dug deep and showed plenty of bravery in his performance before bowing out.

HOP have four boxers remaining in the championship moving forward, with Adenas joined by Ebonie Jones (51kg), Paris Redman (64kg) and Ed Ayres (81kg).

Jones was given a huge ovation by a packed crowd when she was introduced to them after her recent Nations’ Cup victory.

HOP racked up the wins elsewhere on a packed show.

New-boy Sonny Driscoll was a winner on his debut against Finchley’s experienced Liam Clarke.

Tyler Hall was a winner against another Finchley boxer in Kane Constan, while Abid Hussein dropped a close decision to Jiyan Oguz from the London club.

Elliot Roach grabbed a stoppage win over Gloves On’s James Wilkin.

Sam McKeown and Henry Powell both also shone in skills bouts.