Puglistic pair chasing final place

Sonny Driscoll. Picture: Mick Young (150641-02)
Sonny Driscoll. Picture: Mick Young (150641-02)

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  • Heart of Portsmouth pair through to national semis
  • Impressive wins against Repton ensure they’re one win from final
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HEART OF PORTSMOUTH’S dynamic duo have their sights on bringing national glory to the city.

Ollie Fenton and Sonny Driscoll pulled off eye-catching victories at the England Boxing Schoolboy Championships last Saturday.

Portsmouth took on the might of London big guns Repton, who had an unprecedented number of entries in the national quarter-finals.

Fenton ensured there was a double dose of celebration as success was picked up ahead of his 13th birthday on Sunday.

He delivered a classy and gutsy effort to take the points decision over Patrick Connors at 32.5kg.

And Fenton is looking for big things ahead of the semi-finals in Bristol tomorrow, after enjoying previous success at national level.

He is out for overall victory after success at the Minors’ Championships last year – and that would move him towards his England dream becoming reality.

Fenton said: ‘The bout was really good and I was pleased with how I did.

‘I realised after about half of the first round that I had to put pressure on him.

‘When I started doing that and working on him he started to make mistakes. The pressure made a difference.

‘I’ve been working on my power and speed in the gym, along with my fitness.

‘There’s been hill runs and five-miles runs – anything I can do to get the work in.

‘My fitness is one of my strongest points.

‘It’s a big achievement but I wasn’t nervous at all.

‘I’ve boxed at the top level and I’m not nervous anymore. I know what’s needed.

‘I want to win it again like last year.

‘Last year was a really good experience and this year my expectations are so much higher.

‘I’d love to box for England – that would be amazing.’

It’s a similar story for Driscoll, who reached the minors’ final last year.

He had to withstand a fearsome early charge from Repton’s Roberto Lacourt at 34kg before seizing control of the bout.

And Driscoll now has lofty ambitions as he aims for a national title

He said: ‘It was one of my hardest contests ever.

‘I expected him to be strong but he was very strong.

‘I normally do 10 hours of training a week so it’s a lot of hard work.

‘I’m representing the club and Portsmouth and I’m very proud about that.

‘I want to go all the way in the championships.

‘I had a chance last year and went to the final.

‘I’ve got more expectations this time.

‘And one day I would love to box at the Olympics.’