Matthews aims to show his heart in ABAs

Robbie Matthews aims to make further progress in the senior ABAs
Robbie Matthews aims to make further progress in the senior ABAs
Joel McIntyre last fought in December against Miles Shinkwin. Picture: Neil Marshall (161437-1)

Big Mac’s ready to taste big time

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Robbie Matthews leads Heart of Portsmouth into a busy weekend of action.

Matthews bids to continue his flying progress when he boxes in the pre quarter-finals of the senior ABAs in Great Yarmouth today.

The 60kg talent takes on Rayleigh’s Jamie Homer in the latest round of action.

Matthews will be bidding to continue two fine displays to make it to the national stage.

He stopped Waterside’s Jimmy Dean last Saturday at Portsmouth Guildhall.

That followed on from victory over former national champion Jimmy Cooper.

Homer is a well-established and experienced opponent for Matthews to take on.

But the Portsmouth fighter goes into the meeting with his confidence flying after the form he has shown so far.

HOP coach Q Shillingford said: ‘Robbie’s self-belief is right up there at the moment.

‘He’s beaten a good boxer and a champion to get to where he is.

‘Now he has another tough test against someone who has been in the game for a long time.

‘We’ve done our investigating and are ready.

‘Robbie’s looked excellent in training, is as strong as an ox and is ready to go.’

Matthews will be one of a string of Heart of Portsmouth boxers in action as the club take on a western counties select side on home soil today.

A whopping 24 bouts will be staged at their Charter Sports Centre base in Southsea, with 12 of those involving western counties opposition.

Clubs from Plymouth, London, Swindon, Bristol and Cornwall will be in the city for the event.

The likes of Jack Featherstone, Kieran Rodden, Joe Hunt, Ashleigh Pond, Natasha Cole, Jesse Douglas and Sid Williams will all be involved.

They have all shown their national pedigree as their club continues to flourish.

Shillingford said: ‘We are getting bigger and establishing ourselves.

‘We think this event is a good way of establishing links with other areas and bringing people to the city.’

The Heart of Portsmouth boxing bonanza takes place at Charter Sports Centre, Greetham Street, from 1pm today (doors open at midday).

Tickets are available on the door priced £5 and £3 (under-16s).