Pritchard’s king of Southern Counties

Josh Pritchard (Moneyfields) defeats Shane Govan (Leigh Park)  Pic Mick Young
Josh Pritchard (Moneyfields) defeats Shane Govan (Leigh Park) Pic Mick Young
Jack Bishop aged 21 in the Airborne Division

‘If ever I had a hero in my life then Jack was it’

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JOSH PRITCHARD took the bragging rights in his Southern Counties showdown with Shane Govan.

That saw the Moneyfields ace advance to the pre-quarter-finals of the England Boxing Elite Championships.

Leigh Park’s Govan contributed to an entertaining 60kg battle at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth.

But it was the England international who got the decision to advance to a meeting with Mayflower’s Chris Adaway this weekend in Aldershot.

There was more exciting news elsewhere in the competition, as Portsmouth’s Robbie Matthews advanced with an outstanding victory.

Boxing for the Royal Navy, Matthews toppled hugely-decorated army boxer Martin Stead at 64kg.

Despite Stead’s multi-national title and international pedigree, Matthews showed his surging belief and fast-developing quality to get the decision.

Elsewhere, there was disappointment as the hotly-anticipated meeting between Golden Ring’s Jack Stringer and Heart of Portsmouth’s Ben Bendle failed to take place.

But some exciting clashes took place elsewhere featuring international opposition.

Brighton & Hove’s Seb Eubank came through his meeting with Guildford City’s Jake Ball. That saw the son of super-middleweight legend Chris Eubank set up a date with Newquay’s Dean McNally for his place in the national quarter-finals.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Amateur Boxing Association honorary secretary, Yinka Bello, was pleased to see the Stacey-organised show pass off smoothly.

He said: ‘We were pleased and had some help from Gosport ABC, too. Josh has every chance of getting through this weekend now, and it was a great win for Robbie against a top boxer.’