Talents out to become kings of southern counties

Left to right, Taylor Sutton, Jay Cooper, Harley McPherson-Collins, Bobby Prior and Kyle Bateson
Left to right, Taylor Sutton, Jay Cooper, Harley McPherson-Collins, Bobby Prior and Kyle Bateson
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SOUTHERN COUNTIES honours are up for grabs at the English Schools’ Championships.

And an army of talent are out to make their mark at the event in Camberley this weekend.

Stacey, Gosport, Titchfield, Moneyfields and Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) are hoping to see their boxers impress.

Moneyfields have Bobby Prior (40kg), Jay Cooper (41.5kg) and Harley McPherson-Collins (29.5kg) aiming to progress.

They will be out to join Kyle Bateson and Taylor Sutton who have been given walkovers. Prior meets Woking’s John Mitchell in the minors category, while Cooper tackles Rumbles Tommy Coates and McPherson-Collins faces Kemsing’s Josh Phillips in Class A.

Moneyfields coach, Colin Hooker, feels his boxers are well prepared for action.

He said: ‘We have difficult bouts but all of the boys have a realistic chance of going through. They’ve all prepared well and given everything.’

HOP have a wealth of experienced boxers out to have an impact on the championships.

The likes of Sonny Driscoll (38.5kg), Ollie Fenton (35.5kg) and Harry Brown (43kg) have reached national finals.

Lloyd Farrington (38.5kg) takes on Guildford’s Luke Goddard at 38.5kg, with Fenton tackling Southampton’s Brandon Adam and Brown up against Sandwich’s Joe McCarthy in Class B. Driscoll walks over.

Gosport’s Tommy Harris boxes Westree’s William Chapman at 41.5kg in the minors, with Dominic Osborne meeting IOT’s George Ibbs at 43kg.

Stacey have two boxers in Class A, with Charlie Martin going up against Southampton’s Harry Hillier at 43kg. Taylor McBride meets Smallholding Tom Carty at 46kg.

Titchfield’s Tommy Maggs meets St Mary’s Enriko Ituma in the minors at 56kg to complete the line-up.