Quartet march on in ABAs

Biola Kudus, left, and Greg Bridet both secured points wins as they claimed Southern Counties titles at the weekend
Biola Kudus, left, and Greg Bridet both secured points wins as they claimed Southern Counties titles at the weekend

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The charge is on for the area’s top talent in the ABA Championships.

A host of boxers were crowned Southern Counties champions on a day to remember for Hampshire in Surrey on Saturday.

The occasion proved another landmark for Olympic hopeful Greg Bridet.

Bridet met fellow Great Britain development squad rival Danny Williams at 91kg.

And it was Bridet who came out on top with a points victory in their toe-to-toe showdown.

A close battle saw the stylish Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) ace take control as the bout wore on before claiming a points win.

And there was further success for HOP as Biola Kudus joined his team-mate in the national quarter-finals.

Kudus gave away experience to Moulsecoomb ABC’s Ed Lawrence in their 86kg meeting but proved too smart for his rival as he boxed his way to a points victory.

The depth of amateur talent locally was underlined further when Josh Pritchard became a Southern Counties champion as he stepped up to senior level.

Pritchard overcame Isle of Thanet’s Ricky Leach as the classy young 54kg talent proved he wasn’t overawed by the move from junior boxing.

Leigh Park’s Shane Govan could take pride from his performance as he went down to a loss to Moulsecoomb’s Joe Yugi.

Yugi is a highly-regarded operator but Govan wasn’t overawed by the challenge before he eventually went down to a points loss.

Stacey’s Ash Leigh also marches on in the competition after being given a walkover at 63.5kg.

The boxers all bid for a place in the semi-finals of the prestigious national competition in Camberley on Saturday.

HOP coach Q Shillingford believes they all deserve praise for making it to that stage.

He said: ‘It was a great weekend for Hampshire with all the success the county had.

‘Greg had a contest which was a big occasion for him because he was facing someone also on the development squad.

‘There was massive pressure but Greg took it to Danny Williams and did the business.

‘It was a tear-up but Greg got on top by the end of it all.

‘Biola has come through so quickly against Ed Lawrence.

‘He uses his assets in the way he should and has really impressed.

‘He is so on it now. It’s a good achievement for Hampshire to have so many winners.’