National semis in sights of rising boxing stars

Albie Higgon in action

Albie Higgon in action

Louis Small won the Haringey Box Cup youth B 49kg amateur title. Picture: Shellie Whiffin

Small scoops Haringey Box Cup gold

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A trio of local talents bid to make it to the semi-finals of the ABA Schoolboy Championships tomorrow.

Tyson Hamer, Ashley Davenport and Albie Higgon will take on the Western Counties’ finest as the quarter-finals of the national event is staged in Bristol.

Copnor’s Hamer will bid to continue his against-the-odds success story as he meets St Ives’ William Jeffries.

Hamer hadn’t won a contest going into the competition but hard work and determination has seen him pick up three wins on the bounce at 70kg in class 3.

Victory’s Higgon will be aiming to match his semi-final appearance last year as he goes in against Oakmead’s Billy Harley.

The 54kg talent also boxes in class 3 and will be aiming to build on an impressive win over Essex’s Deniz Mehmet last time out.

Davenport has a tough task as he meets last year’s winner in National Smelting’s Jimmy Connors.

But the Ted Harris Boxing Academy class 2 entry has been backed to rise to the occasion at 57kg.

Coach Harris said: ‘Ashley has it all to do.

‘He’s in with a good kid but is coming on strong, has bags of heart and can hit. He’s in there with a chance.

‘Connors is a top boxer but Ash has won 10 of 12 and the losses were dubious. He can be a handful, so we’ll see how it goes.’

One boxer already through to the semi-finals is Moneyfields’ Sid Williams.

Williams shone at the pre-quarter-final stage as he romped to an outstanding win over Allcomers ABC’s Joe McGrory.

He gained success by a 14-point margin and now has a bye to the next stage.

Coach Aaron Pritchard said: ‘He trains incredibly hard and is totally focused on the championships.

‘His performances this season are the result of hard work and dedication, week in and week out. He’s a pleasure to have in the gym.’

Meanwhile, Fareham’s Louis Small is hoping to push on to greater things after recently chalking up Schoolboys Southern Counties success.

Small was a winner over Farnham Warriors’ Henry Collins at 30kg in the minors category.

That bodes well for the 11-year-old, as did the effort of his club-mate Ryan Thompson, who went down to a brave loss against the more experienced St Mary’s boxer Joe Tindell at 30kg in class 1.

n Ted Harris Boxing Academy delivered a perfect five wins out of five at the recent Leigh Park show.

Connor Whittaker, Harry Needham and Billy Cable were all unanimous points winners, with Luke Brown also delivering a clear success on debut.

Ryan Smith celebrated a stoppage win as the club begin to show their rapid development.

Fareham stage their latest show on Saturday, March 24 at Neville Lovett Community School. The event begins at 2.30pm (doors 1pm). Tickets £10 adults, £5 juniors.

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