Matthews does it again in ABAs

Robbie Matthews, centre, after his ABA victory over Dave Leo in Great Yarmouth
Robbie Matthews, centre, after his ABA victory over Dave Leo in Great Yarmouth
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Robbie Matthews is one step away from the ABA finals after a stunning quarter-final success.

Matthews demolished Dave Leo in Great Yarmouth to advance to the semis of the national competition.

The Heart of Portsmouth man grabbed a massive 21-4 victory against his opponent with a hugely-impressive effort.

Matthews came out firing and forced Leo back from the outset.

That saw him hand Leo a standing count in the first round as he delivered efforts to head and body.

The second round continued in the same vein as Matthews opened up a big lead over his game rival, who was taking some big shots.

Matthews opted to mix up his game in the third, boxing on the back foot and using his jab.

It was a performance which bodes well for his hopes moving forward, with the winner of the London area v Combined Services bout awaiting him next.

HOP trainer Yinka Bello was delighted with Matthews’ display at 60kg.

He said: ‘Robbie had great success in the first round and the second round was much of the same.

‘He cruised through the third and was a deserved winner by a big margin.

‘Both myself and Colin Williams are really pleased with Robbie’s improvement.

‘His focus and determination has given him a new lease of life towards his boxing.

‘He is a true role model and a pleasure to have around the gym.

‘We hope that the rest of the Heart of Portsmouth juniors and seniors will look up to him.’